Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea warned during a press conference on Saturday that if the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance assumes power it will turn Lebanon into another Gaza , the economy will be devastated and freedoms will be repressed.
He was referring to Hamas’ takeover of Gaza in 2007 and the devastation of its economy that followed . Both Hamas and Hezbollah are backed by Iran.
He asked : Did any one wonder what will happen to the Lebanese pound ( lira) if the other side assumes power in Lebanon?
Geagea said that any cabinet formed by former Prime minister Omar Karami would be shaped by ( the dreaded) former Syrian military intelligence chief in Lebanon General Rustom Ghazali and Hezbollah Intelligence official Wafiq Safa,
Geagea accused President Suleiman of bowing to March 8 pressure when he postponed the consultations on the prime ministerial nomination , saying Prime Minister Saad Hariri would have won. He called on Suleiman to “behave in a way that keeps the right with those to whom it rightfully belongs.”
“I urge Suleiman to give us ( March 14) back our rights.” He said
Geagea reiterated his support for Hariri’s prime ministerial candidacy as the “opposite” alternative to Karami’s corruption and Syrian control.
In response to MP Walid Jumblatt’s decision to back Hezbollah and Syria , Geagea said
“No one can tell me that the Democratic Gathering ( which is headed by Jumblatt) MPs, if they had a choice, would choose Karami over Hariri.”
In response to Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun’s calls for reform he said:
“Michel Aoun is like someone sawing off the branch he is sitting on,” and added , if Aoun claims to oppose corruption, he should remember that Karami’s first cabinet resigned due to corruption and economic crisis.
Geagea said that while Aoun is right to say that Hariri’s side benefited at the expense of the Christians, “everyone expanded at the Christians’ expense, because the Syrians came and broke the Christians’ back and now Aoun again is bringing the Syrians back into the cabinet.”
Geagea said yesterday in a statement that he has postponed a visit to France, scheduled for next week, due to the “worrisome situation” in Lebanon.