Mouawad lashes out at Berri over 'in vitro experiment' candidate
Presidential candidate MP Michel Mouawad on Thursday lashed out at Speaker Nabih Berri in a barb-filled statement, after the latter described him as an “in vitro experiment” candidate.
Accusing Berri of having “usurped” the parliament speakership for the past 30 years, Mouawad said Berri’s remarks “befit him as a militiaman.”
In an interview with al-Akhbar newspaper published Thursday, the Speaker had said: “Our candidate is serious and we have repeatedly insisted on him, while their candidate is merely an in vitro experiment.”
In his statement, Mouawad said Berri’s remarks carried an attempted insult against his father, slain president Rene Mouawad, and all the MPs and blocs that have voted for the young lawmaker in the latest presidential election sessions.
“The insult also targets Zgharta and the North, which have always been represented by Rene Mouawad and Nayla Mouawad in the best way possible,” Mouawad added, calling on Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh -- the candidate of Berri’s camp -- to say whether he accepts “the insult against Zgharta and the North.”
Moreover, Mouawad added: “The Lebanese do not forget and will not forget Nabih Berri’s militia practices nor his siege of Beirut and its people and economy, nor its May 7 invasion, nor his siege along with his ally Hezbollah of the entire country to please foreign schemes.”
He also blasted Berri as a “master of corruption that transcends presidential tenures and governments.”