[QODLink]
Middle East
Lebanese lament crisis
Beirut residents hope for speedy resolution to the country's political impasse.
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2007 06:51 GMT

As the standoff between the US-supported government and the Syrian-backed opposition continues,  residents in Beirut, the Lebanese capital,  talk of their hope for an end to the political crisis in the country.

 

Mohammed Sirhan

Cleaner


 

"It doesn't matter who the person is. We want a good president who can save the country.

We don't want automatic weapons against our neighbours here.

We need freedom, schools, retirement care, medicine for our children.

There are 18 sects here, and we need someone who is not going to do things just for his own agenda.

If Lahoud [Lebanon's current president] does not leave the palace, someone here will pull him out."

 
Khadija Kahwaja



Shop owner

 

"I don't know who should be president but I only support someone who is acting in the best interests of Lebanon.

Our work here has suffered with all the political problems and I have lost trade.

They have to reach a solution, or it could be terrible for us all."

 



Albert Kahwaji



Lebanese-Canadian, businessman
 

 

"I support Amin Gemayel for the presidency and I am a supporter of the March 14 Forces.

Amin is moderate and comes from a Christian family that has given everything to the Lebanese cause.
 

 



Fadi Siryani


NGO worker

 

"There will be no president and no elections. I support the March 14 Forces but nobody can predict what will happen.

The Syrians are still involved in Lebanon's internal politics.

I would like to see Samir Geagea [leader of the Christian Lebanese Forces, part of March 14 Forces] become president but he is not on the list."

 


Lamis Nasreddine

 

Student


"I think it is really sad the March 14 and the March 8 cannot agree a solution, and I think it is unfair on the Lebanese people that there is no middle ground.

What they are doing is not good democratic behaviour and the politicians are not acting in the best interests of ordinary people."

  

 

 

Asaad Jeradi

 

Stall owner

 

"[With regard to] the political battle here, people in Lebanon are tired. They don't want to hold guns and they don't want another war.

 

The only temporary solution is for president Lahoud to leave office when his term expires and hand control to the army."

 

"Rafiq al-Hariri died, but he is not the only Lebanese person to be killed. Hundreds of army soldiers died at Nahr al-Bared – are they not also Lebanese?"

 

Ali Zeitoum

Unemployed

 

"We can only hope that everything works out okay and that we get a president who is good for the country.

I’m not really concerned about who gets the chair as long as they can provide some stability for us.

 

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
Amid vote audit and horse-trading, politicians of all hues agree a compromise is needed to avoid political instability.
Part of the joint accord aimed at ending the political impasse establishes an independent National Election Commission.
Rights groups say the US prosecution of terrorism cases targets Muslims and are fraught with abuses.
Local painters forgo experimentation to cater to growing number of foreign buyers.
Cyprus is a tax haven and has long attracted wealthy Russians, but it could become a European energy hub.
join our mailing list