Hariri honors his dad: You turned the capital of ghosts to a city of dreams

“Before you, Beirut was a capital of ghosts – with you, Beirut returned as a capital of dreams,” Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri said, during the ceremony marking the unveiling of a statue of his dad in downtown Beirut on Thursday.

“When you stood here downtown after the Taif Accord, you had no weapons nor were you surrounded by armed men. You decided to confront the the devastated city with a dream and to drive out the nightmare,” he said.

Addressing his father, he said: “They have turned the weapons against Beirut in your absence.”

, in a possible reference to Hezbollah.

The Iranian and Syrian -backed Hezbollah brought down PM Saad Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) imminent indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005

Mikati was appointed in January as the PM designate with the backing of the Hezbollah March 8 alliance and MPs Walid Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi . March 14 leaders have repeatedly said that intimidation from Hezbollah’s weapons helped secure the parliamentary majority for Mikati’s nomination.

Jumblatt and his PSP parliament members reportedly switched allegiance to Hezbollah’s PM candidate, following threats by Hezbollah.

Jumblatt, Mikati and Safadi were all elected on March 14 electoral tickets during the 2009 parliamentary elections.

Hezbollah is now claiming the parliament majority .

  • Beiruti

    Live to your fathers potential to be great like him. Dont worry to much about March 8 any group based on lies always collapses. Look at the Nazis and Soviets weren’t they supposed to be the superior? Were are they now? Its only natural that Iran and Syria is doomed to fall, if it stands it will standing unbalanced. We Lebanese people are grown up enough not to be dictated by Syria or Hezbollah and Iran.

  • Beiruti

    Live to your fathers potential to be great like him. Dont worry to much about March 8 any group based on lies always collapses. Look at the Nazis and Soviets weren’t they supposed to be the superior? Were are they now? Its only natural that Iran and Syria is doomed to fall, if it stands it will standing unbalanced. We Lebanese people are grown up enough not to be dictated by Syria or Hezbollah and Iran.

  • Anonymous

    Live to your fathers potential to be great like him. Dont worry to much about March 8 any group based on lies always collapses. Look at the Nazis and Soviets weren’t they supposed to be the superior? Were are they now? Its only natural that Iran and Syria is doomed to fall, if it stands it will standing unbalanced. We Lebanese people are grown up enough not to be dictated by Syria or Hezbollah and Iran.