Geagea blames Hezbollah for the status-quo in Lebanon


geagea on MTVLebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea blamed Hezbollah on Friday for the country’s problems and vowed to step up efforts to get the country out of the present situation.

“The status-quo that we are witnessing will continue as along as Hezbollah assigns more priority to the regional interests that it believes are more important that Lebanon,” said Geagea.

“Lebanon’s economy and development are Hezbollah ‘s last concern. It only cares about the Iranian Republic and carries out what suits it even if it means sending our youth to die in Syria and Yemen,” added the LF chief.

“If Iran sees it better to attack Saudi Arabia, the party carries that out knowing that the Kingdom has never done anything detrimental to Lebanon,” he emphasized.

“We are working day and night in order to get out of this situation. We made a substantial step when we reconciled with the Free Patriotic Movement and we will step up our efforts to get the country out of the present mess .”

The Lebanese parliament failed again last March and for the 37th time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose term ended on May 25 , 2014.

As in the past sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group and its ally MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc MPs boycotted the session, because they could not guarantee Aoun’s election as a president

Speaker Nabih Berri a key ally of Hezbollah postponed the election to April 18, 2016.

Aoun and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh are the 2 key candidates and both are from the Hezbollah -led March 8 alliance, but both skipped the session

Hezbollah announced that it will continue to boycott the polls until it has guarantees that its candidate, Aoun, will be elected president.

Geagea who was the first to announce his candidacy decided to back Aoun in order end the current impasse , but Aoun reportedly does not have the votes to guarantee his election