Speaking in a televised speech broadcast live from the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Tuesday evening, Seyed Hassan Nasrallah said Lebanese voters would face a choice in the upcoming legislative elections between a faction whose main concern is Lebanon and another that seeks to please. United States,
“Today you choose between those who use their foreign relations to make Lebanon a strong nation, and the other team who bring in foreign money to add to their bank accounts. You have to honestly choose between those who take responsibility regardless of the difficulties and between the team that has been deceiving you for years,” Nasrallah told the audience.
“You are ready to elect the real rulers who want Lebanon to be a strong nation, and the false rulers who want to make it an exposed country. You choose between those who want Lebanon to be a master in the region, and others who want it to beg at the doors of foreign embassies,” Nasrallah added.
The Hezbollah leader said that Lebanon belongs to all its people, regardless of their religious and political beliefs, and that the Lebanese resistance movement does not want to change the country’s political system and constitution.
“We are not presenting ourselves as an alternative to the government, even on the issue of resistance, because there is a government in Lebanon. We have a constitution and laws,” he stressed.
Nasrallah said Hezbollah would work to form a “just government” that works for all Lebanese, adding that the movement would use its relationships with other countries to bring prosperity to Lebanon.
“We must all aspire to a just and capable government. A just government is one that introduces an electoral law, and its citizens feel they are able to send their representatives to parliament,” Nasrallah said.
“What we are asking for is partnership, and everyone should be represented in parliament within normal quotas,” the Hezbollah secretary general added. “Elimination and exclusion under the slogans of majority and minority would plunge Lebanon into chaos, and I underline that we seek a national partnership in order to lead Lebanon out of its crises.”
Since the end of 2019, Lebanon has been plunged into a deep financial crisis that has caused the Lebanese pound to lose around 90% of its value to the US dollar and led to the collapse of its banking system, plunging many people into poverty.
The economic and financial crisis is mainly linked to the sanctions that the United States and its allies have imposed on Lebanon as well as foreign interference in the internal affairs of the Arab nation.
Many blame rampant corruption and mismanagement within the ranks of the political elite for the woes.
Legislative elections in Lebanon are held once every four years and voters this year must vote on May 15.
The Hezbollah resistance movement and its allies managed to win majority seats in 2018. Lebanon’s parliament is also divided between Christians and Muslims. The new legislature will elect a new president after President Michel Aoun’s term ends in October.