MP: Lebanon’s problem is the ‘state within a state’


Phalange party bloc MP Samer Saadeh told LBC television on Tuesday that Lebanon’s problem is the existence of “a state within a state.”

“There is a another state within Lebanon that makes decisions on behalf of the government … and there is also a weak state that is unable to exert its [authority] on all the country,” he said

“The ‘law of the jungle’ prevails in Lebanon where the strong is in control, and Lebanon’s ‘strong’ are Hezbollah militants,” Saadeh added.

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.

The government of PM Nagib Mikati is heavily influenced by Hezbollah