Geagea calls for protecting Lebanon by controlling border, electing president


Samir-Geagea 100Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea called Friday for “protecting Lebanon” in the wake of twin blasts that hit the Beirut southern suburb of Burj al-Barajneh and left 46 people dead and 239 injured

“Nothing can save us from the tragedies of the ongoing wars in the region other than this general Lebanese solidarity,” Geagea said during an LF ceremony.

The LF leader stressed that “only the rise of an actual Lebanese state can salvage the Lebanese.”

“Such a state would have control over all decisions and steps and nothing can protect the Lebanese other than protecting Lebanon’s border very well and sealing it permanently in both directions,” Geagea added, referring to the crossing of fighters from Syria into Lebanon and from Lebanon into Syria.

The rise of a real state, according to Geagea, also requires “the rise of Lebanese state institutions, topped by the presidency.”

“This tragic incident must push the boycotters to head to parliament as soon as possible to elect a president, after which a new government would be formed and new parliamentary polls would be organized,” Geagea who was the first to announce his presidential candidacy  added.

Lebanon witnessed on Thursday a  twin suicide bombings   in Hezbollah’s stronghold  of southern Beirut suburb of Burj al-Barajneh that were claimed by the Islamic State .

The scene was one of chaos, carnage, fires and destruction, with many victims killed by flying glass and falling bricks. A government source suggested a bomber attempted to enter a crowded mosque but was stopped.

Lebanese police believe the suicide bombers were part of an IS cell .

IS claimed the attacks were in revenge for Hezbollah’s decision to send thousands of fighters into neighboring Syria to support President Bashar Assad’s forces against an Islamist-dominated uprising.

Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salem declared Friday a national day of mourning. The country, polarized over the crisis in neighboring Syria, has not had a president in nearly two years, and the Cabinet has done little to close the country’s political vacuum.