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Hezbollah: March 14’s National Council a joke

Hashem Safieddine, head of Hezbollah's Executive Council, speaks during a ceremony in Beirut's southern suburbs, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: The head of Hezbollah’s executive council slammed the March 14 coalition after the launching of the bloc’s National Council, saying that the move served to undermine the state.

Saturday’s announcement “makes us wonder if [March 14] are joking or if they are being serious. If they are serious, then they are seeking to undermine the current government in which they constitute a majority,” Hezbollah’s executive council head Sayyed Hashem Safieddine said in a statement Sunday.

The Hezbollah official proceeded to say that the formation of a National Council was "most likely a joke" since March 14 has always promoted hollow rhetoric thats lacks in implementation.

As it celebrated its 10th anniversary Saturday with a conference at BIEL, the March 14 coalition announced a political manifesto and launched a National Council in an attempt to re-emphasize its multi-sectarian nature amid rising extremism regionally.

Comprising approximately 300 party officials and independent March 14 figures, the National Council will be run by an openly elected body. It will serve as the senate of March 14 coalition in a framework that brings together leaders from Lebanon and the diaspora to contribute to the drafting of March 14 policies.

In further criticism, Safieddine said that the coalition has been historically linked to foreign powers that are currently undergoing a crisis, in allusion to the West and Saudi Arabia. This crisis, he said, has spilled over in to the March 14 coalition that “has nothing left but meaningless speeches.”

Iran, on the other hand, Hezbollah’s primary backer, is strong and capable especially since the Syrian regime will emerge as the victor in the Syrian conflict, he said.

“The axis of resistance in the region is stronger and more deeply rooted than they [March 14] think.”

Safieddine claimed that local developments in Lebanon have proved that the resistance is the model for unity and security in Lebanon, noting that it was Hezbollah that kept terrorism out of the country’s borders and not its political rivals.





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