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Lebanon’s presidency as a fortifier against terrorism

Nayla Tueni

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Can’t Lebanese parties who are boycotting the election of a president see that their illogical and illegal acts are harming political and security bodies which guarantee the country’s uniformity?

Can’t they see that they are contributing to weakening the national sense of belonging and to dividing the society’s consensual fabric which maintains Lebanon’s diversity and plurality?

A political agreement that expands to include all parties can guarantee ridding us of security threats

Nayla Tueni

These parties are therefore paving the way for terrorist organizations to sneak into our society – though very timidly – to later expand and turn some communities into an ideal environment to eventually harm the national structure and even destabilize the whole country?

The Lebanese people, regardless of their different affiliations, are well aware that security in Lebanon is related to politics and this is what pushed the Future Movement and Hezbollah to meet and hold talks for the past few months – it’s in order to decrease tensions that may later lead to an escalating situation.

Deter attackers and occupiers

Therefore, a political agreement that expands to include all parties can guarantee ridding us of security threats and can deter attackers and occupiers. Controversy regarding the army and security institutions in these circumstances does not serve any party and only serves a narrow field of interests that do not take into consideration the dangerous circumstances which Lebanon and the region are going through.

Imposing a status quo under the slogan of “I or no one else,” which many parties inside Lebanon actually support, revives the irrationality of dictatorial regimes collapsing and coming to an end. There are many examples on the case around us. The attempt to clone these regimes is an act of failure that will certainly not lead to any victories.

Therefore, democracy is the best solution. This democracy cannot be embodied unless the parties head to parliament and elect a president – regardless of who ends up garnering the majority of votes.

This is the means to secure the state’s path and its institutions and to restore the rights of Christians after they were violated and overlooked by some.

Many statements have been made voicing concern over national unity. However, in practice these statements are completely violated, as personal interests as well as domestic and regional interests come before what the Lebanese people agree to be their higher interests, primarily the election of a president.

This article was first published in Annahar on May 25, 2015.

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Nayla Tueni is one of the few elected female politicians in Lebanon and of the two youngest. She became a member of parliament in 2009 and following the assassination of her father, Gebran, she is currently a member of the board and Deputy General Manager of Lebanon’s leading daily, Annahar. Prior to her political career, Nayla had trained, written in and managed various sections of Annahar, where she currently has a regular column. She can be followed on Twitter @NaylaTueni

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