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Salam warns Lebanon in danger on Independence eve
File - MP Tammam Salam speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
File - MP Tammam Salam speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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BEIRUT: “Lebanon is in danger due to political disputes over national issues in the country,” Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam warned Thursday on the eve of the 70th memorial of the country’s Independence Day.

“After seventy years of independence, Lebanon is facing real dangers due to disputes over the national constants and the [political rivals’] view of Lebanon and its role in the region,” Salam said in a statement.

Salam said that disputes between political rivals led to “an unprecedented political tension that in turn caused paralysis in state institutions."

“The only way for the Lebanese out of this crisis is in restoring basic national concepts that our ancestors have laid as foundations for future Lebanon,” he said.

Salam also denounced the deteriorating security situation in the country especially after the suicide bombings that targeted the Iranian embassy Tuesday.

“The recent explosions have shown that real danger would lie further ahead in Lebanon if the language of violence overcomes the language of national consensus and dialogue,” Salam said.

Lebanon has been rocked by a series of security breaches related to the war in Syria including Tuesday’s twin suicide bombings outside the Iranian Embassy that killed at least 25 people and wounded over 150.

Tuesday bombings, for which the Al-Qaeda-linked Abdullah Azzam Brigades claimed responsibility, have drawn nation-wide and international condemnation.

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