LF leader Samir Geagea at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
A Christian party that made big gains in Lebanon's general election says it will use its stronger position to press for Hezbollah's weapons to be brought under government control and to root out corruption in the heavily indebted state.Geagea said it would "no doubt" be difficult to form the new government which -- like the outgoing one -- will share out ministries among Lebanon's rival parties, including the heavily armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah.The LF is the second biggest Christian party after the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) established by President Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally who became head of state in 2016 .While Aoun has expressed support for Hezbollah's possession of weapons as a deterrent to Israel, Geagea is the Shi'ite group's most significant Christian adversary in Lebanon and an opponent of its allies in Damascus and Tehran.Geagea, however, disputed that Hezbollah had come out stronger, saying the FPM was no real ally of the group and its backing for its weapons was "just verbal".Noting that Hezbollah was part of the cabinet, Geagea said his party would propose -- as a temporary measure -- that its arsenal be put at the command of the government.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE