Lebanese President Michel Suleiman on Saturday expressed hope that Egypt’s political changes, including the resignation of President Hosny Mubarak, will lead to ‘the establishment of responsible constitutional bodies in Egypt.’
‘We hope that the constitutional bodies in Egypt will support the country and its people and will be based on the standards of liberty,’ a statement issued by Suleiman’s office said.
Mubarak stepped down a day earlier in the face of weeks of unprecedented street protests against his three-decade rule.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Seniora also welcomed ‘the peaceful and democratic change in Egypt.’
Siniora said in a statement issued by his office that ‘the revolt of the Egyptian people was an honest expression of their aspirations.’
He drew parallels between the Egyptian protests and Lebanon’s Cedar Revolution, which led to the withdrawal of Syria from Lebanon following the 2005 assassination of former premier Rafik Hariri.
Siniora also voiced hope for ‘solidarity and development based on democracy’ in Egypt. m&c