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Sleiman’s tenure worst since independence: Arslan

  • Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan. (File/AP)

BEIRUT: Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan blasted President Michel Sleiman, saying Tuesday that his tenure was the worst for Lebanon in over 70 years.

“A [power] vacuum [already] exists in Lebanon. Lebanon has lived the worst six years since Lebanon’s independence,” Arslan told a news conference.

He also criticized the extension of Parliament's mandate as “flawed and non-transparent."

“It is shameful to accept a regime based on racial and religious discrimination through unjust laws hostile to the poor,” he said.

Arslan said Sleiman’s tenure was mired in corruption, slamming what he called the “regime” that had allowed the government to protect corruption.

Arslan called for holding a “Founding Conference” aimed at creating a “respectable state.”

“No one should dramatize the conference as a disaster,” he said. “The real disaster is to remain stuck in corruption.”

His remarks differed from Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt, who praised Sleiman, saying he did his utmost to protect the country.

 
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