President Michel Aoun attends the Arab League summit held in Saudi Arabia's Dhahran on April 15, 2018. (The Daily Star/ Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The implementation of a system of accountability and fighting corruption are essential for the success of Lebanon's democratic formula in achieving the aspirations of the Lebanese people and equality in rights and duties, President Michel Aoun said Wednesday.Aoun also called for separation of Cabinet and Parliament posts as the country is gearing up to hold its first general elections in nine years next month. "Eventually, if we want to achieve equality and approach the concept of genuine democracy, there is no escape from reaching a secular state in Lebanon," he added, in his remarks which were carried by the state-run National News Agency.In his speech, Aoun stressed that there can be no democracy without accountability. There are currently no regulations in Lebanon preventing MPs from also serving as ministers.Aoun added that democracy usually led to majority rule, but not in Lebanon.
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