Geagea’s wife takes up issue of release April 26, 2004

Discours et Textes, Samir Geagea, Sethrida Geagea

Strida Geagea, wife of jailed Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, blamed political lack of continuity for many of the country’s current woes.

“There are plenty of MPs who oppose the government, and end up giving it a confidence vote,” Strida Geagea said during an address delivered Sunday in front of Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir in Bkirki, where she called for her husband’s release from a 10-year imprisonment.

She accused the current leaders of undermining national reconciliation in order to subvert Parliament’s power to hold the government responsible.

“It would be easier for them this way to lay their hands on the country’s assets,” she said.

She added that the country’s crises have not been resolved during the 10 years since her husband was jailed in 1994.

“While the country is still looking for itself, the Lebanese are still looking for their own future and for ways to put food on the table. However, central power has been divided at a time when some ministers have been proud to oppose their own Cabinet,” Strida said.

She added that scandals were succeeding one another in the sectors of oil, cellular phones, electric power and rock and sand quarries.

She said that Lebanese were leaving their country in droves because they “refuse to live in a country with incomplete sovereignty.”

In a direct reference to the thousands of young people that were lining up every day in front of foreign embassies as a prelude to leaving the country, Strida said that Lebanon without its young people was not Lebanon.

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