The Aounist tour in Jbeil raises the fever to the beat of the electoral battle
Between the return of Prime Minister Najib Mikati Saturday from New York and the departure of President Michel Sleiman Sunday to Peru, deadlock reins, given the lack of Cabinet sessions, while the political fever is on the rise with regards to a new election law.
Christian reactions to these issues took the limelight over the last few days, following joint parliamentary committee sessions, but they did not overshadow the campaign launched by Hezbollah against the March 14 coalition after its Christian party proposed its own electoral bill, and the head of the Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt seemed a target as well.
The campaign was seen in the remarks of Loyalty to the resistance MP Hasan Fadlallah who accused a political party in March 14 of wanting to keep the 1960s election law because it guarantees the victory of sectarian partisanship.
This coincided with an election visit by head of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun to Jbeil on a two-to-day tour. He kicked off that campaign with sharp words against March 14, saying that an election law will be approved and that there is no way out of such a development.
Head of "Change and Reform" justified Assad's aggression
The political debate over a new election law has halted following the start of the weekend but MP Michel Aoun did not take a break from his allegations and his provocative approach, through his remarks about the northern region and the people there, as well as his tour to Jbeil where residents of the town of Mayfouq voiced their opposition to Aoun's visit to the tomb of their martyrs. The residents said they would hold an open-ended peaceful sit-in against that.
Aoun voiced fear over the fall of his ally Bashar Assad and his regime because “in this case, extremism, which has now infiltrated north Lebanon, would increase and we cannot accept the anomalies present on our soil and that threatens our existence.”
His remarks came as Assad's forces continued their aggression on the outskirts of the Arsal, shelling the area throughout the night.
While no causalities have been reported, a large number of people left their homes out of concern and fear for their lives, particularly the women and children.
Hatred burns down Old Aleppo souks
Hatred is burning the old city of Aleppo, the one described as the sword of the state, Aleppo with its heritage, beauty and history. So why are they burning Aleppo? Aleppo has no enemies within its residents. So why are they doing that? Does democracy entail burning Aleppo and its streets?
Does the democracy they speak of entail forced immigration of people from their homes under fire? Aleppo has saddened me and we say: “Until the last fighter in it, we will fight and defend, and Aleppo will be victorious against the conspiracy that is widening against Syria with international participation, but the regime and the army will hold their ground.
Heavy clashes occurred Saturday in a number of neighborhoods in Aleppo that saw unprecedented battles over the weekend leading to the burning of the souks, the famous shopping street that is the considered one of the most important trade centers in Aleppo and a piece of its beautiful heritage.
Secretary General of the Arab League Nabil Arabi accused both Russia and China of obstructing the path of reaching a solution to the Syrian crisis, saying that they both continue to support the Syrian regime and that moving the political deadlock requires a change in the Syrian government's stance or that of the Security Council.