On TV show, Lebanese singer Elissa criticizes President Aoun, Hezbollah

Elissa criticized the current political deadlock with no government since the parliamentary elections seven months ago. (Twitter)

Lebanese pop star Elissa criticized the country's President Michel Aoun and his ally, Hezbollah, in a local TV talk show.  In her TV appearance, Elissa criticized the current political deadlock with no government since the parliamentary elections seven months ago.

The Lebanese singer - who is in Lebanon and across the Middle East and is a supporter of Lebanese Forces (Christian Maronite party) - has repeatedly praised its Christian leader Samir Geagea.

“Since the martyrdom of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri, I felt that I was committed as a citizen, because we lost a man of importance. He tried to put Lebanon on the map of the world, but they killed him, and we noticed how Lebanon deteriorated. Since then, I have to express my opinion,” she said.

On Lebanon's Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who is the President's son-in-law, Elissa said: “I don’t want to see him one day  president of the republic” adding that she wish to see a balanced relation between Lebanon and Syria based on peer to peer. Elissa also expressed her opinion on the Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, saying: “I do not envy him for what he is going through, he is under pressure, and I can’t see anyone instead of him.”

She further said she is at odds with Hezbollah regarding martyrdom on a land which is not Lebanese. “As I respect the party’s martyrs (Hezbollah) they should respect our martyrs (LF martyrs)”, she said adding that she believes the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad’s grip is still over Lebanon represented by its ally of both Hezbollah and President Aoun.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54
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