Aoun attacks March 14 and defends Hezbollah


During a press conference following Change and Reform bloc’s  weekly meeting on Tuesday  its  leader MP Michel Aoun defended Hezbollah over its refusal to hand over its four members where were indicted in the murder of former Lebanese prime minister .

He also attacked  March 14 parties  for criticizing Hezbollah ‘s action  with regards to the 4 suspects  and accused them   of “inciting sectarianism.”

Hezbollah “has every right to defend the innocence of the suspects” indicted by the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) for the 2005 assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri. Aoun said  and added :“The Future Movement and its March 14 allies  are inciting sectarianism,”

He also defended Hezbollah over the recent security incidents in the Jbeil town of Lasa  where a church  deacon was beaten on Friday night   while being  accompanied by security forces. The majority in  Lasa  are Shiites who support Hezbollah .

“None of the  Lasa  suspects beat the  Church  deacon on Friday,” Aoun said, instead blaming security forces for not preventing the violence.

Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the STL for the Rafik Hariri murder. However, the Shia group strongly denied the charges and refuses to cooperate with the court.

Electricity proposal

Aoun   reiterated Tuesday an earlier warning that he would withdraw his ministers from Cabinet if the electricity proposal  he put forth was not endorsed by the government.

“We hope that the electricity proposal is adopted, otherwise what we previously said about our resignation from government still stands and there is no need for us to repeat this. All those concerned have been informed,” Aoun said