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Geagea to oppose national unity Cabinet if March 14 wins elections

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Maarab, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub)

BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Saturday his party would oppose the formation of a national unity government if the March 14 coalition wins the majority of seats in the 2013 parliamentary elections.

“The Lebanese Forces will not support the formation of a national unity government again because it has proven to be ineffective,” Geagea told a delegation from the northern towns of Minieh and Dinnieh.

“Such a government would impede the path of state building,” he said, adding that the March 14 coalition should not form such a Cabinet if it wins the majority.

In 2009, the March 14 alliance won the majority of seats in Parliament and formed a national unity government under Prime Minister Saad Hariri. He allocated 15 Cabinet seats to March 14, 10 to the opposition and five to President Michel Sleiman.

In January of 2011, March 8 ministers and one from Sleiman’s bloc resigned from the Cabinet, forcing its collapse. Prime Minister Najib Mikati was named to form a Cabinet that is now controlled by the new majority of March 8.

Geagea also said that the upcoming elections will have many difficulties but encouraged his supporters to remain steadfast so as to achieve “our dreams of what Lebanon should be.”

During his talk with the delegation, which consisted of leading young figures in civil society working in north Lebanon, Geagea reiterated his criticism of the current Cabinet, saying it only added to state corruption.

“March 8's majority in the government revealed to the public that it is unproductive and ineffective and even contributed to the increase in corruption in the Lebanese state,” he said.

The delegation visited Geagea in Meerab to congratulate him on escaping last month’s assassination attempt, which rekindled fears of a return to the era of killings that began in late 2004.





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