Phalange party ministers quit Lebanon cabinet

Economy minister Alain Hakim( R) and Labor-Minister Sejaan Qazzi (L) are shown with Phalange party leader Sami Gemyel
Economy minister Alain Hakim( R) and Labor-Minister Sejaan Qazzi (L) are shown with Phalange party leader Sami Gemyel

The Phalange Party has decided to ask its two ministers Sejaan Qazzi and Alain Hakim to quit  Prime Minister Tammam Salam’s government, Phalange Party  chief MP Sami Gemayel announced on Tuesday, accusing the government of being concerned with passing suspicious deals only.

“The Phalange  Party has decided to resign from the government because Lebanon needs a ‘positive shock’,” said Gemayel at a press conference.

“For a while now, the government  has been trying to suppress us through cabinet mechanisms that were created with the aim of stifling our opinion and preventing us from stopping their deals,” Gemayel added.

“The government  has not shown any  not concern over  protecting the banking sector against the verbal attacks and  did not care about the economic plan that was submitted by the economy minister (Hakim),” Gemayel said

“The government’s  only concern was   passing suspicious deals,” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday , al-Jadeed television reported that  Phalange Party  had held a “stormy meeting” in which it decided to ask Economy Minister Alain Hakim and Labor Minister Sejaan Qazzi to “resign from the government while leaving the choice for (Information Minsiter Ramzi) Jreij.”

Jreij told As Safir newspaper that he will not resign from the government because he “is not a member of the  Phalange Party .”

“In my opinion, the situations in the country cannot withstand the resignation of Qazzi and Hakim,” Jreij said.

At his press conference last  Thursday, Gemayel also expressed environmental concerns related to the controversial Janna dam project.

“The two issues are a disaster targeted against every citizen in Lebanon,” he said.

“I don’t know if there’s a relation between maintaining works at the Janna dam and approving the waste management file” , Gemayel added.

“They have chosen to destroy the largest forestland in the country and we have proposed alternative solutions,”Gemayel  said in reference to  the Janna dam project.

He noted that two out of three environmental impact studies had concluded that “the project is non-beneficial and non-environmental” while the third had warned of potential risks.

“We have found out that the contractor had been put on trial in Brazil on charges of corruption. The Brazilian firm was accused of bribing politicians to approve the contruction of useless dams,” Gemayel revealed.

He called for suspending construction works in the Janna area “pending a probe into the integrity of the contractor.”

As for the government’s plans to set up seaside garbage landfills in the Costa Brava and Bourj Hammoud areas, Gemayel lamented that the government “has decided to fill the Mediterranean Sea with garbage without conducting an environmental impact study and without sorting or treating the waste.”

“Our presence in the government is useful when we manage to stop corruption and benefit the Lebanese, but should our presence cease to serve the interest of the Lebanese then it would become unnecessary,” Gemayel added.



4 responses to “Phalange party ministers quit Lebanon cabinet”

  1. Good for you

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Gemayel sure has the talking points correct … but no-one listens, or wants to.

    1. Hezbollah is intent on pursuing an endless, senseless war, at the rest of Lebanon’s expense. The rest of Lebanon seems unperturbed. Do I see a pattern here? 🙂

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        Geagea has made a lot of sense on some things too … sometimes the politicians DO have a brain-flash and say the right things … so if there is any pattern, it’s only because of religions, which harp at people all the time that praying cures all things … if you do it hard enough … and everyone just throws up their hands and carries on as best they can while waiting for the ‘glorious change’.
        After all, if they can’t drag more than 20 to 40% out to vote in elections, either everyone is deliriously happy, or they have given up trying for a democracy.
        Few have actually had the concept explained well, I suppose. The idea is to give some ‘talkers’ a couple terms in top-office, IF they do well when there on the first, then hand them a pension and get some ‘new-think’ into the process … for some, sooner is better … and that’s because if it goes longer they might begin to think they ‘have a right’ which is higher than any other citizen’s.
        Maybe expect to be crowned, even.
        And yet, the Muddled East seems never to get it – in any of those countries.
        The pattern is ‘Lack of Education’.

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