Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun launched a vehement attack on Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt at a ceremony on Saturday commemorating the seventh anniversary of his return from exile after the Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon in 2005.
“Yesterday [Jumblatt] said that [the Free Patriotic Movement] was an absurd movement,” Aoun said, retorting, “I think that the limits of logic stop at him and do not extend to anyone else.”
“[Jumblatt] said that he spent 25 years lying to the Syrian regime, so how are we supposed to trust that he is going to be truthful with us?” Aoun asked.
On Friday, Jumblatt voiced his regret for the existence of “an absurd movement led by [Free Patriotic Movement leader] MP Michel Aoun.”
The MP also addressed the issue of Jumblatt’s opposition to adopting proportionality for the 2013 parliamentary elections.
“Jumblatt is now saying that proportionality is aimed against the Druze, and by doing that he is agitating the Druze sensitivities.”
“As ever he only finds fear… as a means for gathering the Druze around him.”
Lebanese parties are debating the electoral law for the upcoming 2013 parliamentary elections after the parliament agreed on drafting a law based on proportional representation.
Aoun wrapped up his criticism of Jumblatt by saying that the latter “lived for lying.”
The Change and Reform leader also addressed the situation in Syria and voiced his optimism that the regime in Syria will not fall.
“Reaching an outcome in Syria similar to the one in Libya is impossible, however [much] Europe and the United States try,” Aoun said, adding that the Syrian people “are solid and possess a state with a solid structure.”
He also expressed the view that the Syrian political system was essentially democratic.
“Yes, Syria is the closest to democracy and [I say it] without shame.”
Aoun lashed out at Arab countries for their support of the rebels and their efforts to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“Do the countries that call for the respect of human rights in Syria respect human rights themselves? Do women [in these countries] have rights?”
“Even the churches built in these countries cannot display crosses on their towers,” Aoun said, adding that “the revolts in the Arab world are not tantamount to an ‘Arab Spring’, but to an Arab hell.”
He also warned against the “transfer of the crisis to Lebanon” if the Syrian regime were to fall.
Since mid-March 2011, Syria has witnessed a deadly revolt against the Assad regime. The Syrian Observatory puts the death toll at more than 11,100, while the UN says more than 9,000 have been killed.
Aoun also criticized the March 14 coalition and commented on the recent visit of US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman.
“As long as the minutes of the meetings [between March 14 personalities and Feltman] are kept secret then that is treason and a conspiracy.”
Feltman arrived in Beirut on Tuesday evening and left on Friday after holding meetings with top Lebanese officials as well as figures from the March 14 coalition.
Aoun also lashed out at the Future Movement in particular, saying that “they did not want to cooperate, therefore all agreement with them failed.”
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