Speaker Nabih Berri hailed on Thursday the resistance that maintained the unity of Lebanon's land, people and institutions, deeming it as a “crucial need.”
“The Resistance is a necessity as long as part of our land remains under occupation and due to the ongoing Israeli violations,” Berri said in a statement issued on the occasion of the Resistance and Liberation day that commemorates the Israeli army’s withdrawal from south Lebanon in May 2000.
He noted that “the army is defending the country and carrying out security missions and similarly the resistance is a crucial need against any Israeli aggression.”
The head of the AMAL movement congratulated the Lebanese on the occasion, stressing that “the unity of the nation and its civil peace remain essential.”
Berri described the resistance as the “most powerful military force in the Middle East and the third in the world.”
“On the occasion of the Resistance and Liberation day we reiterate our trust in Lebanon, its system and divisions.”
Concerning the presidential elections deadlock, the Speaker called on lawmakers to assume their national responsibilities and kick start a new term.
The parliament failed anew on Thursday to elect a president in a fifth session of its kind, raising fears that the vacuum in the country's top Christian post would affect Lebanon's power-sharing agreement under which the president should be a Maronite, the premier a Sunni and the speaker a Shiite.
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