Hariri Lashes Out at Approval of Orthodox Law, Says Hizbullah Suffers ‘Illegitimate Arms Epidemic’

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Al-Mustaqbal movement leader former PM Saad Hariri condemned on Tuesday the approval of the Orthodox Gathering electoral draft-law, describing the step as a “black day in the history of the parliament.”

“Approving the Orthodox electoral draft-law in the joint parliamentary committees is a black day in the history of legislative work,” Hariri said on his twitter account.

The joint committees approved on Tuesday the controversial draft-law despite the withdrawal of the National Struggle Front bloc, the al-Mustaqbal bloc and independent March 14 opposition Christian MPs.

Moreover, Hariri replied to Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s comments last week, saying “Hizbullah is hit with an epidemic called the illegitimate arms.”

Hariri denounced in a speech last week marking the 8th anniversary of ex-PM Rafik Hariri the presence of all illegitimate arms in the country, mainly Hizbullah’s arsenal, and said such paramilitary weapons constitute the biggest threat to the country.

In return, Nasrallah lashed out at Hariri, accusing him of trying to strike a settlement to back him for the premiership.

“You proposed to neutralize the arms of the resistance if we agreed to support you as a premier,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech.

He pointed out that Hizbullah rejected the deal over “national interests.”

Hariri said that he will return to Lebanon to take part in the parliamentary elections.

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