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Hariri at the table of Skaff in Zahle: We must all attend next session and elect a president
 
 
 
 
 
 
05-03-2016
 
Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri was invited this afternoon by the head of the Popular Bloc Mrs Miriam Skaff to a lunch in his honor at the Grand Kadri hotel in Zahle.
MPs Robert Ghanem, Assem Araji, Tony Abu Khater and Ziad Kadri, Mrs. Mona Hraoui, Mufti Khalil Mays and a number of religious figures and dignitaries from Zahle attended the lunch.


Mrs. Skaff said: "Welcome Premier Saad Hariri to the heart of Zahle, to our country that needs your national role more than ever as it needs every political leader who makes an effort for a country that deserves all our sacrifices. Zahle is suffering today because Elie Skaff should have been with us. He is present with us in every detail, giving us the strength to walk steadily without any fear. We hope that the first good news we announce would be the results of the municipal elections, because this city needs services and development after the failure of some to perform their parliamentary or municipal role. Unfortunately, the municipal work started to decline because of corruption, although some municipality members tried to be productive.


Correcting the error would be by organizing municipal elections first and parliamentary elections afterward. Your Excellency, you must put all your effort in order to achieve this goal to prove we are capable, politically mature and do not need any tutelage.


You know that Zahle has been forgotten from the political map and all national decisions. We ask you to exert pressure to hold the municipal elections. Zahle is the only city that has electricity day and night and that treats its garbage, but what disrupts the growth and progress is the barrier of administrative decentralization which we hope to overcome with modern laws".
Concerning the presidential election, Skaff said that the Popular Bloc backs any consensual choice that leads to a president.


She added: "We back any alliance that is in the interest of this country, and not to score political points. Democracy has rules and should not be the pretext to paralyze the country and the political institutions and make us be covered with garbage".
She praised Hariri for being "a statesman and a political leader who cares for his people, visits them, risks his security to join them for the Friday prayer in Tripoli, Tariq El Jdide, Saadnayel, thus proving that no matter how long he leaves his country, he is able to come back and gather the people under the slogan "Lebanon First" that must beat any other slogan".


She asked: "What do we get from these foreign alignments other than chaos and division? Why can't we be politically independent, without any external intervention? May God have mercy on your father's soul, him who said, "no one is greater than his country". Zahle has a big heart that embraces everyone. Even if Zahle's electricity is 24/7, your visit will give us more light to compensates the days of darkness and injustice".


Hariri, for his aprt, said: "Thank you Mrs. Miriam, thank you Zahle for this welcome. It breaks my heart that Elie Skaff is not among us today, we might have disagreed with him, but his house was always open and our relationship was constant.
I wish that when I entered the world of politics in 2005, I knew what I know today, things would have been very different, we would not have disagreed with Elie Skaff.


Thank you for this invitation. We are one. It is true that the municipal elections are important, but I think that Zahle wants presidential elections first, because the presidential election is the key to save Lebanon from all the social- economic crises. Today, the absence of a president in Baabda is the biggest political failure, there is a great responsibility on all the MPs, and we must all attend the 37th session and elect a president. I repeat, whoever wins I will congratulate him. There are no more excuses such as not going to parliament is a constitutional right, this is not a right, and it is not a right to keep the country 20 months without a President.


I also emphasize that we back the municipal elections, and we stress on this matter from Zahle.
Thank you everyone for this invitation and hopefully we will always come and see Zahle "illuminated by its people", especially that it really expresses coexistence. Many talk about coexistence, but some people actually live it, love it and consider it a part of their lives and this is what we see in Zahle."


In conclusion, Mrs. Skaff presented a commemorative gift to Premier Hariri.


Separately, Hariri visited MPs Elie Marouni and Tony Bou Khater in their houses in Zahle.
 
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