Elissa criticizes President Aoun, Hezbollah

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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