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Fadi al-Haber: Hezbollah Gave Aoun the Presidency and Controlled Lebanon | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Newly elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun (2nd L), reviews the honour guards upon arrival to the presidential palace in Baabda, near Beirut, Lebanon October 31, 2016. REUTERS/Aziz Taher

Beirut – Lebanese MP Fadi al-Haber said that Hezbollah has granted the presidency to General Michel Aoun and tightened its grip over the country through its arms and its interference in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

In an interview with Asharq al-Awsat, the Kataeb Party deputy said that his party was open to dialogue through constitutional and state institutions.

“We are dealing with all issues based on our beliefs to preserve the interests of the country and its people,” he stated.

He went on to say that the current government was implementing “the worst kinds of political practice”. “That’s why we are assuming our role in adjusting the path and correcting these mistakes,” Haber added.

The Lebanese deputy said his party was keen on preserving the Lebanese people’s interests “in light of the ongoing corruption, squandering and deals that are deliberately made.”

Asked about his party’s relations with the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) – Haber ruled out the presence of a dispute, noting that the parties had “divergent views”.

“Unfortunately, Hezbollah handed the presidency to General Michel Aoun and took control over the republic through its weapons and its interference in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen,” he stated.

He also accused Hezbollah of implementing Iranian agendas in Lebanon.

Haber noted that the Kataeb party was in disagreement with the Lebanese president over Hezbollah’s role and that it did not tolerate any armed presence over the Lebanese territories except for the Lebanese Army.

On the electoral law, Haber accused some political leaders and government officials of “dealing with superiority with others”, by imposing an electoral law that guarantees their personal interests.

As for the outcome of the Riyadh summits, the Kataeb deputy said he hoped the Lebanese would value the decisions that were issued at the outset of the US-Arab-Islamic Summit with regards to fighting terrorism and establishing fair and comprehensive peace in the region.