Salam Warns Factionalism Leading to State's Disintegration

Premier-designate Tammam Salam warned on Monday that the country's political crisis was threatening the Lebanese social fabric and leading to the state's disintegration.

“This crisis has reached a worrying stage and has become a real threat to our peace, stability and social fabric,” Salam said in a statement he issued on the occasion of Christmas and the New Year.

He said the terrorist attacks in Beirut, the southern city of Sidon, the northern city of Tripoli and the eastern Bekaa Valley “reflected the security abyss that the country could slide into.”

He lamented that political life was paralyzed amid a lack of calm dialogue and a rise in tense rhetoric.

Salam warned that factional tension and the continued paralysis of institutions would “take the society towards destruction and lead to the state's disintegration.”

He said in his statement that the only solution to the crisis is for the Lebanese to resort to dialogue and understanding.

There should be willingness to find solutions that would salvage the nation and preserve the future of its citizens to live a dignified life.

The Lebanese should resort to the democratic system and the Constitution, he said, calling for the rejection of vacuum in state institutions.

He extended his greetings to the Lebanese on the occasion of the holidays and hoped the New Year would be blissful.

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