'Hizbullah rule will turn Lebanon into Gaza'

Lebanese Christian leader pledges support for Hariri; says gov't led by Shi'ite group would lead Lebanon to be isolated and ostracized by the int'l community and Arab world like Gaza Strip after Hamas takeover.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
January 22, 2011 21:21
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Lebanese Christian leader Samir Geagea

Geagea 311. (photo credit: Associated Press)

 
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Lebanese Christian leader Samir Geagea on Saturday warned that if the country's new cabinet is led by Hizbullah candidate Omar Karami the situation "will be similar to Gaza."

Geagea said Lebanon, like the Gaza Strip after it was taken over by Hamas in 2007, would be isolated and ostracized by the international community and Arab world, with the exception of Syria.

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Geagea stated that the Lebanese economy would suffer greatly from a Hizbullah-led government.

"Is anyone wondering what the situation of the Lebanese lira will be if the other team comes to power?" Geagea said during a press conference.

Geagea said that not only Hizbullah, but also Syria was behind the push to make Karami premier.

The Christian leader accused Hizbullah and its allies of rejecting Saad Hariri as prime minister, not because he is Sunni or allegedly corrupt, but rather because he is independent and rejected pressure to denounce the UN tribunal into the assassination of Rafik Hariri.



Geagea expressed his support of Hariri's push for the premiership of Lebanon, saying "we will do everything possible to bring back Hariri as prime minister."

On Friday, Druse leader Walid Jumblatt, a potential kingmaker in Lebanon, threw his support behind Hizbullah, a major boost to the Shi'ite group that brought down the country's Western-backed government last week.



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