Lebanese army commander calls for return of law, justice
( Xinhua ) - Lebanese Army Commander Gen. Michel Suleiman Saturday said the Lebanese people want the constitutional institutions to resume their "effective national role," local Naharnet news website reported.
Such a return to constitutional authorities opens the door to achieving economic growth and development and "leads to building the state of law, justice and equality," he was quoted as saying at a conference on military medicine.
Meanwhile, the general said accomplishments by the military are "a ray of hope in darkness," adding that the army is "determined on proceeding with its national missions... and would allow no one to target the nation's unity and its civic peace."
Lebanon is facing the most complicated political crisis since1975-1990 civil war. Lebanese political rival groups were unable to achieve a breakthrough to elect a new president for the country, which has been without a president since Nov. 24, 2007 when ex-president Lahoud ended his term.
Lebanese leaders agreed on Suleiman as a consensus candidate, but could not agree on the shape of the new government or the new election law.