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One of Lebanon’s Christian leaders, Samir Geagea, accused the Shiite party Hezbollah of attempting to turn Lebanon into a sectarian state in a press conference, held in the country, on Wednesday.
Geagea, who is leader of the Lebanese Forces (LF) party, claimed that “the concept of the Lebanese state doesn’t exist in the eyes of Hezbollah” and blamed the party and its leader, Hassan Nasrallah, of paralyzing the country.
Commenting on Nasrallah’s statement about the inability of the Lebanese army to face Israeli aggression against Lebanon, Geagea said: “If Hezbollah wasn’t in Lebanon, and the Lebanese army was deployed in the south instead of the militias, the army would have been able to triumph over Israel thanks to the popular and political support [it has from the people].”
Geagea concluded his speech with a comment on Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian conflict.
Nasrallah can support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government if he wishes, stated Geagea, adding that the Hezbollah chief does not have the right to hide the crimes that Assad’s forces have committed against the Syrian people.
He also added his opinion on the reasons behind Hezbollah’s decision to become embroiled in the Syrian conflict.
“Hezbollah is fighting [in Syria] in order to protect its position and that of Iran in the region, not to protect the Shiites.”
The leader of Lebanon’s military also claimed that Hezbollah’s sustained intervention in Syria will lead to the destruction of Lebanon.
Disrupting the political scene
The LF leader also alleged that Hezbollah was disrupting the formation of any cabinet that the party “does not have a blocking third in.”
This comes despite Premier-designate Tammam Salam’s decision that he will not grant a “blocking third” veto to any party in the government, after the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition reportedly made a request for a “blocking third” in his upcoming cabinet.
Lebanon’s political parties are currently competing over the composition of the new government as Salam works to create a new cabinet.