House Speaker Nabih Berri called on expatriates and residents to participate in the upcoming May 6 parliamentary elections in order to take part in the setting up of a democratic parliamentary system. He urged Lebanese expats and residents to vote and help in raising the turnout of voters for the “Hope and Loyalty” lists aiming at building a society of resistance to the Israeli enemy, terrorism, sectarianism, factionalism, corruption and bribery; supporting the independence of the judiciary, continuing to rely on the future, and combating the deprivation of the Lebanese from their homeland. “Do not listen to sectarian voices; do not vote for them; this is the only way by which we can save Lebanon,” he said.
Berri was addressing both the Lebanese residents and diaspora from his summer residence in Lebanon’s Msayleh during the annual gathering of the Lebanese Diaspora organized by the Amal movement. He stressed that “the elections should be a real opportunity to launch the state’s roles, fight against dishonesty and the division of the Lebanese, outside and inside Lebanon, into communities and regional nationals.” He also warned that such dividing policy is the only heritage of “those who stir up sectarian sensitivities that have long destroyed Lebanon.”
“Do not be afraid of the elections; be afraid for them,” Berri said. “Vote without hesitation.. I know the pressure you were under; and the resistance is the one that has been targeted ever and again.”
In the regional context, Speaker Nabih Berri referred to “the victories achieved by the resistance of our people against terrorism in Lebanon, Iraq and Syria,” expecting “to be completed in Egypt and the Arab Maghreb.”
“First and last, Syria will always be unified.. It is the core of victory; the medium chain; and the fortress of Arabism,” he added.
Referring to the Arab Summit held in the Saudi Arabia, Berri said “We do not want letters in print, taken from one summit to another, as usual, as if it was a lease that neither the landlord nor the tenant read.” “We look for an Arab summit to discuss confidence-building in Arab relations with the Muslim neighbors, especially between Saudi Arabia and Iran,” Berri reiterated