Kataeb leader Samy Gemayel on Wednesday stressed that Lebanon is in dire need of a reunification process that would be based on different foundations and concepts than the ones the current ruling system is following, including regularity of work and institutions through the reproduction of power, periodic elections, State’s sovereignty, application of the Constitution, local and international laws.
“The party has a comprehensive view of political reform represented by the Lebanese agreeing on the foundations required for a good governance, a constitutional and normal democratic cycle, transparent administration, effective and civilized judicial, economic, financial and civil institutions, under the slogan of freedom, sovereignty and independence,”Gemayel told Egyptian Al-Ahram newspaper.
“The problem we are facing today is that there is an alliance between the illegal weapon, the ruling system and the confiscation of sovereign decisions by weapons in exchange for a complex and deep network of looting acts done by the State and the people.
“The gateway to any political reform and structural change in power is by securing the democratic atmosphere and the freedoms required so that the Lebanese people can elect a legislative authority that truly represents them and works for their future,” he said.
The Kataeb leader said that the French initiative has hindered itself, namely that it excluded the early parliamentary elections after pressure from Hezbollah, although it has emerged from the necessity of holding these elections as one of the foundations for a solution.
“The initiative started as a comprehensive political, economic and rescue initiative, but it later turned into an initiative that deals with some technical details that have nothing to do with the real problem,” he said.
Gemayel deemed that the language used by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah in addressing the media and journalists as escalating and threatening.
“The Lebanese State is the only one to defend Lebanon and to resist any external threat through its legitimate constitutional institutions only. Every activity outside the Constitution, local and international laws is considered as illegal” he noted.
“Lebanon is being held as a hostage today and has been turned into a negotiating card. Thus, the country, which has currently lost its sovereignty, is unable to independently take any decision of a sovereign character that takes into consideration its supreme interests. Rather, it is linked to the will of Iran and Hezbollah,” he noted.
“Hezbollah has tried to buy time on the eve of the end of US President Donald Trump's term by proceeding with the process of demarcating the maritime borders, and with the fall of Trump, Hezbollah and the ruling system have retreated from the previous flexible facilities and policies,” he added.
Gemayel affirmed that the Lebanese people in many regions are starving while the State is completely absent, saying that the system in return continues its policy of denial and lack of recognition of reality as well as it tries to mislead the local and international public opinion by portraying things as the result of foreign conspiracies.
“The dispute between Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement has nothing to do with the essence of the Mar Mkhayel Accord, but rather a “tug-of-war” between Gebran Bassil and Hezbollah to adopt his candidacy for the presidency,” he added.
“Neither the FPM is about to end its alliance with Hezbollah nor the opposite. It cannot be placed within the framework of the strategic disagreement in the matter of sovereignty, freedom and independence,” he stressed.
“Hezbollah is trying to use the Lebanese government's card in the context of Iran's,” he said.
Gemayel warned that Lebanon is now in decline and any disregard for the Lebanese’s demands for forming a truly independent government is a waste of time, saying that any obstacles of the mutual system are artificial and might inflame sectarian divisions so as to maintain their influence a year before the parliamentary elections.
“The division in Lebanon is between two levels: the first is the majority of the Lebanese people on one hand, and between the political, economic and security system that is holding power and institutions, as well as Lebanon's sovereign and non-sovereign decisions on the other hand,” he added.
“The second level is the divisions within the system itself, caused by a disagreement over power-sharing, quotas, and deals over ministerial, parliamentary and administrative bags and over the positions of the Presidency of the Republic and the Prime Ministry and whoever is in charge of them,” he added.