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March 14 must forge strategy to oust Lebanon government: Sayegh

Salim Sayegh speaks at a sports center in Shiyah, Lebanon, Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Kataeb Party official Salim Sayegh urged the opposition March 14 coalition to reconsider its approach to the National Dialogue and formulate a plan to topple the Lebanon government.

“The opposition must develop a truly strategic approach to the National Dialogue and another strategy to topple the government,” Sayegh told a local television station.

The Future Movement-led March 14 has repeatedly called for the departure of Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s government, blaming it for the country’s breakdown in security and the decline in the socio-economic situation.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, a pillar of March 14, said in recent comments that the opposition will not stage a revolution to topple the Hezbollah-dominated government.

Sayegh also expressed the belief that comments made by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah shortly after President Michel Sleiman’s Army Day speech Wednesday were in response to what Sleiman said.

“Nasrallah's speech came in response to President Sleiman who stressed that there should be no sharing of Lebanon’s sovereignty,” Sayegh said.

Sleiman was firm on the issue of military tasks and illegal weapons in his Army Day speech Wednesday.

"Yes to participating in national defense ... but no to participating in the duties of the army and the legitimate forces in [maintaining] security, [safeguarding] sovereignty, or using the elements of power that are the exclusive right of the state, and no to weapons that are randomly spread or pulling the trigger for goals outside national consensus,” Sleiman said.





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