Hariri: Time to make room for
consensus on electing president

Hariri with Prime Minister Tammam Salam. (NOW)

BEIRUT – Future Movement leader MP Saad Hariri said that the time has come to put an end to all the rumors and make room for a broad consensus on electing a new president.


“Everyone knows that we are against a presidential interregnum, and that having a president in power now is necessary and needed for the country, for its stability, and for the renewal of dialogue amongst the Lebanese,” Hariri said after heading a Future Movement meeting upon his return to Lebanon.


The party leader added: “A lot of people are saying that my return is related to the presidential elections and the truth is I wished that the first thing I could do when I got back could be to visit the presidential palace and meet with the president, or go to the parliament to elect a new president.”


“In this regard, I want to affirm that electing a president is everybody’s responsibility and not only mine, and it is time to put an end to rumors and open the door for consensus on electing a president.”


Hariri reiterated that “Hezbollah’s intervention in Syria brought nothing to Lebanon but harm, and the biggest harm was done to the Shiite sect through the wave of explosions that hit Dahiyeh, the South, and the Beqaa.”


“It is on this basis that I began meetings today with Premier Tammam Salam and security and military leaders… because the danger of terrorism is serious and crucial, and any lenience in fighting this danger could cause enough strife to end Lebanon.”


Regarding the Saudi grant to the Lebanese Armed Forces, Hariri underscored that “the main usage of this grant is to support the army, security forces, and the state.”


“Generally, it is to contribute to stabilizing Lebanon and helping it fight all attempts to vandalize coexistence among Lebanese.”

Hariri with Prime Minister Tammam Salam. (NOW)

Electing a president is everybody’s responsibility and not only mine.