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Hezbollah wants conditions on president: March 14

File photo of a March 14 coalition meeting in Ashrafieh, Beirut. Mohammad Azakir/The Daily Star)

BEIRUT: The March 14 coalition accused Hezbollah Wednesday of seeking to set conditions for Lebanon’s new president.

March 14 has “kept a close watch on the Hezbollah campaign, spearheaded by its secretary-general [Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah], against President Michel Sleiman,” the coalition said in a statement after its weekly meeting at its headquarters in Ashrafieh.

“ Hezbollah aims through this campaign to impose conditions on the new president," the statement said.

March 14 warned Hezbollah against overstepping its boundaries.

“Attacking the state and its symbols must stop,” the coalition insisted.

“We promise the Lebanese that we will seek to elect a president for whom national interests and the law are paramount,” the statement added.

March 14 hailed the government’s “daring political decision” to restore stability in the northern city of Tripoli following at least 20 rounds of gunbattles that have killed and wounded scores.

The statement urged security forces to arrest “all wanted men,” regardless of which party they belong to, “particularly those who masterminded and carried out” the August 2013 twin mosque bombings in Tripoli.

Forty-seven people were killed and more than 300 wounded in the double blasts blamed on the pro-Assad Alawite Arab Democratic Party.

The suspect list includes ADP leader, former MP Ali Eid, who is accused of helping an individual linked to the attacks flee Lebanon through Syria.

 

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