BEIRUT: Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Naim Hasan Wednesday lambasted “greedy” and “self-interested” Lebanese political officials.
“Those sitting in positions of responsibility are taken with conflicts, divisions and factional alignments based on [personal] interests, not to mention personal and selfish ambitions and dependency on foreign relations,” Hasan said in his Eid al-Adha sermon.
“And all those woes are clear evidence of unproductiveness at the heart of constitutional institutions,” he added.
Hasan called on “all those in positions of responsibility” to put national interest as the country’s goal to maintain the formula of diversity, pluralism and convergence among the various sects.
“There’s no Parliament, no government unity, no legislative committees, no elections, but obstruction and rivalry and exchange of conditions,” he said of the stalemate in the formation of a new government.
“We warn of this paralysis that is hitting the arteries of the state and call for reform before [corruption] reaches the top of the pyramid of responsibility and we call for safeguarding the republic,” he said.
Hasan also urged Lebanese to support the military and the police.
“We urge [all] to have confidence in state agencies as well as military and security institutions and to embrace them in order to facilitate their tasks in maintaining security, dealing with security problems and safeguarding civil peace,” he said.
Hasan stressed that Lebanon “must not forget to remain vigilant at the southern border where danger persists with the Israeli enemy.”