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DERYAN: IT IS A SHAME WHEN ANY POLITICAL TEAM THREATENS TO OBSTRUCT WORK OF CABINET OR PARLIAMENT

Grand Mufti of the Republic, Sheikh Abdul Latif Deryan, addressed the Lebanese on Sunday on the occasion of Al Isra' wal Miraj, strongly denouncing attempts by any political faction to hinder the work of Parliament or Cabinet.

The Mufti pointed out the significance of Al Isra' wal Miraj as a turning point in the path of Prophet Mohammad.

"We have learned nothing from the tragedies of Palestine, Syria, and Iraq. When Arab countries are divided domestically, foreign dangers escalate, and problems get further complicated," said Deryan.

Two matters were of top national priority, according to the Mufti: the electoral law and the stability of south Lebanon. Both these issues, along with the endless influx of Syrian refugees, posed a grave danger to the country and its faltering economy.

"We once again hear about regime paralysis. What is this regime that does not solve the problems of the country and its citizens? What is this system that brings about trouble instead of facing it? We used to suffer from presidential vacuum; we do not want to suffer from parliamentary or governmental vacuum as well."

Deryan strongly denounced any political team that gave itself the right to hinder the work of Constitutional instructions.

"Dispute is permitted in all matters except three: coexistence, Constitutional institutions, and tampering with the safety of the south. We can handle any burden except that of rattling our coexistence."

The Mufti demanded functional and organized state institutions.

"We have abandoned the Taef Accord and Constitution, and here we are in need of every article of them. We reached UN resolution 1701 after a destructive Israeli war. So, why give the enemy any more excuses? They say Israel does not need an excuse. And I say that we do not need blood, destruction and displacement, which some claim to be a victory. If we have really won over the enemy a thousand times already, what I call for now is a victory over our ambitions, greed, and ploys, if only for once."

Source: National News Agency