We are carrying out our duties as state apparatuses, but we are not the ones who decide who should be arrested and who shouldn't," Interior and Municipalities Minister, Nouhad Mashnouk, said after meeting with President of the Republic, Michel Aoun, at Baabda Palace on Thursday.
"President Aoun has been giving all his attention to the Baalbek and Bekaa region, and I have been following up on developments in this area for some time now," the Minister added.
He called on citizens to report any cheer shootings when announcing the results of official exams, stressing that there will be no political cover to protect anyone.
Touching on the electoral law, the Minister explained that there were many details that would not be concluded before a month from now.
"There is no discussion about the timing of elections because the matter has been settled and elections will be held on time. There will certainly be a magnetic card, and we're making sure in our discussions with the experts to be precise in the implementation process," Mashnouk said.
The Minister added that he had broached the issue of Lebanese prisons with President Aoun, especially the matter of unbearable overcrowding.
"Prisons in Lebanon do not have the capacity to contain the huge number of violators and detainees; however, we've been relentlessly working on this dossier," he said.
Touching on Nasrallah's most recent rhetoric, the Minister said: "Nasrallah does not represent the position of the Lebanese state, government, and people because he is definitely off the Lebanese track."
"The situation in Syria now does not allow the identification of stable areas, and the return of any Syrian to his country requires specific measures," he added.
Source: National News Agency