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Siniora: Hezbollah brought evil to Lebanon

Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora speaks during a news conference in his Sidon office on Friday, June 27, 2014. (The Daily Star/stringer)

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora Friday accused Hezbollah of bringing terrorism to Lebanon and slammed Free Patriotic Movement leader Aoun’s proposal for direct presidential elections.

“ Hezbollah has caused evil to be brought to Lebanon by fighting alongside the Syrian regime which oppresses its people,” Siniora said at an iftar with a charity organization in Sidon.

“Experience has demonstrated that what protects the Lebanese from the evils of terrorism is their mutual support and their care for civil peace,” Siniora said, “as well as their respect to their constitution and public institutions.”

Separately, Siniora criticized Aoun’s recent initiative advocating the direct election of the president by the Lebanese people.

He slammed Aoun’s suggestion to conduct these elections over two rounds, where Christians would vote in the first stage and then the rest of the Lebanese population would vote for the top two candidates.

“This means changing the political system that the Lebanese have paid huge prices to develop,” Siniora said.

“[Such] a hasty and impromptu amendment of the political system would complicate things rather than put [us] on the right track,” he added.

Siniora said that any amendment to the constitution should be based on “public principles not individual ambitions and suggestions.”

 

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