Sami Gemayel: We are in a structural existential crisis, either we emerge victorious or we lose the facet of Lebanon
05 Jul 2020
Lebanon - Lebanese Kataeb Party Chief, MP Sami Gemayel, considered Sunday that the Lebanese are facing a "structural, existential crisis," from which they will "either emerge victorious or Lebanon will lose its facet."
Speaking in an interview to "Orient Radio Station" this morning, Gemayel said that Lebanon has never witnessed a stage similar to the current phase, where the purchasing power has significantly dropped; thus leading to an unprecedented tragedy, one that the Lebanese never would have imagined to reach, especially with the rise in cases of suicide, immigration and despair.
"We have no choice as Lebanese but to insist on strengthening our will to overcome the crisis, for we have no alternative to this country, and we must insist on changing our status the soonest possible," emphasized Gemayel.
He added that change must begin with the government, critizcizing herein the current cabinet for failing to carry out any reform step until now, for which reason it is bound to fall.
Gemayel called "for pressure to establish a new government, although we do not expect this parliament to form the government that we aspire for...." He indicated that the main problem in the country, besides the issue of arms, is the Parliament Council itself.
"The government situation can be improved, but the basic need is to shorten the parliament's mandate and hold early parliamentary elections," Gemayel explained. "We will remain in this swamp until the Lebanese people can hold officials accountable through the ballot box, and we will continue to submit to this will even with the formation of a new government," he added regretfully.
The MP considered that the current government is in a state of absence, and strangely the President of the Republic did not address the Lebanese even in the depths of crises, from the Corona crisis to the downfall of the Lebanese lira to the total collapse in the country. "We feel that there is no authority in Lebanon, no captain, and I ask the Lebanese people to form their authority," Gemayel underlined.
"The Lebanese people, following their victory on October 17 and overthrowing the government, were separated and intimidated...This atmosphere aimed at frustrating the will of the people, but we must not give in because if we do not demand and fight, no one will give us our rights," the MP asserted.
He deemed that Lebanon today is a hostage in the hands of an axis whose calculations have nothing to do with the Lebanese people, and is using the country as a paper in its international negotiations; placing the international community before a dilemma, for if it comes to Lebanon's
rescue, it would be helping to maintain the current status, and if it refrains from extending any help, the people will be impoverished.
"The lives of the Lebanese today are held hostage to ransom. Lebanon was immune to this conflict and states were distinguishing between legitimacy and internationalism...However, following the disastrous presidential deal, the legitimacy was handed over to Hezbollah and there was no more separation between the party and the state, as Hezbollah owned the state's decision and the entire state and people were plunged into this conflict and paid for it," Gemayel added remorsefully.
"Hezbollah has dragged the entire Lebanese people into bearing the repercussions of a conflict in which they have no fault, because the people did not decide to enter into a conflict with the West, the Arab states, and the international community," he maintained.
Gemayel, thus, renewed his call to "work to change the reality of the situation and return the decision to the people."
He also emphasized that "the Lebanese army is the last institution that enjoys the confidence of the Lebanese and is able to protect the country and its future, and the army must be immune from all to ensure the nation's persistence."
"There is no place in Lebanon for half-solutions, for we are in need of radical solutions. In order to succeed, we must give hope to the Lebanese, confidence and a structural change of the political system, and all the components that create the stability of states and the continuity of their people," Gemayel underlined.