Lebanese opposition demands resignation of Lahoud
Lebanon, Politics, 6/24/2005
The Lebanese opposition forces which stand against Syria, constituting the majority of the parliament members, demanded the Lebanese President Emil Lahoud resign from his post.
In a statement issued following the meeting what is called the "Bristol" meeting, the opposition said that the presence of Lahoud in his port ensures the protection for the existing political and security system and confirm his responsibility for all its practices. The Lebanese opposition considered his resignation as a basic start for reforming this situation.
In the first collective reaction to the assassination of the former secretary general of the Lebanese communist party George Hawi on Tuesday, the Lebanese opposition said that the acts of assassination in Lebanon, and extending the term of office for Lahoud was the beginning of violation of the constitution, stressing that putting an end to this violation should be made through removing Lahoud and complete the dismantling process of the infrastructure of the Lebanese intelligence which it said it still continues violating security in Lebanon.
The opposition parliamentarian Fares Saaed held the Lebanese president fully responsible for the acts of assassination taking place in Lebanon.
Saeed called on the UN Security Council to put its hand on "crimes" taking place in Lebanon and described it as a "mass killing crime" that seemed to be "as one crime, conducted by same criminal."
The Lebanese opposition also called for a general strike today over the assassination of Hawi, and urged all Lebanese to take part in his funeral to be held today, demanding the UN Security Council to expand its investigation to the assassination of the former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri so as to include the assassinated Samir Qasir, three weeks ago and then George Hawi.
The meeting was attended by 100 figures including former and new parliamentarians. Several members of the new opposition were not present. They included Saad al-Hariri, the Druz leader Walid Junblat, Strida Jaajaa wife of Samir Jaajaa.
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