ladies and gentlemen,
dictates that I first and foremost convey my deep appreciation
to the people of Beirut for their loyalty, dignity and
patriotism. My appreciation to this extended family, my
brothers and sisters, the sons and daughters of Beirut who
took the decisive decision and elected the Dignity Lists in
all three districts culminating in a unanimous victory
unprecedented in the capitalís political history.
the bottom of my heart I thank all the families of Beirut, the
sons of Beirut, the daughters of Beirut. The appreciation is
from me, personally, and on behalf of
Dr. Ghinwa Jalloul and the excellencies the elected
MPs, to this loyal city, which vested its confidence in us and
voted for us, proving beyond any doubt that this city will
remain the cornerstone of Lebanonís political and public
this day, I cannot forget all the faces that accompanied us
during the election campaign, those people who fought the
battle, neighborhood to neighborhood, house to house,
professionally shouldering their responsibilities.
will not forget the voices that shouted for the dignity of
Beirut, the hands that were raised for the triumph of
Beirutís dignity and the homes whose doors and windows were
opened and whose walls were torn down for the dignity of
thank all those who have shed a single drop of sweat for the
dignity of Beirut.
thank the thousands of volunteers who worked day and night.
thank the ailing and the elderly who went through the trouble
of commuting to vote for the victory of Beirutís dignity.
thank all those who donned the gown of dignity, the cap of
dignity so the voice of dignity may rise.
thanks to the news media and to all the journalists who have
in recent months accompanied us and tirelessly reported the
developments of one of Lebanonís most significant political
we should not celebrate the victory for ourselves. This is a
is victory achieved in the parliamentary elections which must
be used to move forward. The victory must be used to
strengthen Lebanonís stature and ease its social and
this context, I would like to stress to the Lebanese public in
general, and to Beirut in particular, the following:
The overwhelming support offered to the Dignity Lists in all
three districts in Beirut, leaves me personally, and all the
elected MPs, facing enormous national and personal
responsibilities. These require doubling our efforts in the
defense of the rights of Beirut, and pursuing the needs of its
development and services to recover its leading national role
and its cultural, humanitarian and economic stature.
promise to the sons of Beirut will be never to waver. Our work
in the service of this beloved city and its humble people will
continue, God willing. The Dignity bloc in Parliament will
have a specific program, coupled with a hands-on follow-up
process in all that concerns Beirut, its sons and its national
The trust which Beirutís citizens and those in other areas
invested in us provides an opportunity for extending the hand
of cooperation to everyone, to clear the way for turning a new
page of political discourse and political relations between
all those involved in national public affairs.
look forward to a new era of active internal dialogue and the
expansion of participation in the revival of the national
hand is extended to all the political leaderships and my
colleagues in Parliament for cooperation in shouldering the
responsibility of resurrecting Lebanon and restoring its
presence on the Arab, regional and international political
Confidence in Lebanon, in its constitutional institutions, is
unequivocal. This can be achieved through absolute respect for
the Constitution, the protection of public freedoms and the
right to free expression and unwavering commitment to the
independence of the judiciary by granting the judicial
institutions, in word and in practice, full autonomy.
confidence in Lebanon requires that we, the Lebanese, first
gain confidence in our country, in our role and in our future.
donít believe that Lebanonís role is over. I believe
Lebanonís role is continuing and has developed in different
aspects. It must develop further to catch up with the changes
occurring in the region and in the world.
must develop our economic relations with Arab countries and
lift the many barriers that exist in our laws and regulations
that have accumulated over the years so we may activate the
economy and provide work opportunities for the youth.
must tear down the barriers facing the importers, the
merchants, the industrialists, the exporters and the
investors. We must reconsider laws that paralyze the
administration and negatively influence investments.
must encourage qualitative agriculture and qualitative
industry, find the appropriate markets for both and allocate
the necessary funds for the agriculture and the industry in
fiscal budgets starting with that of 2001.
a comprehensive development plan for improving conditions, we
must devote special attention to underprivileged regions in
the North, the Bekaa, the Mountains, and in particular
Bint-Jbeil, Iqlim al-Kharroub and the South, with the
liberated areas being a top priority.
The results of parliamentary elections nationwide should lay
the foundations for sound parliamentary life. The
representatives of the people carry their hopes at the
legislative level. Citizens are aspiring for the development
of the legislative process and for disassociating it from
narrow political interests on the national level so Parliament
may assume its role in bolstering and activating national
accord and a respect for the spirit and text of
the law and the Constitution.
congratulate all the colleagues who triumphed in the
parliamentary elections, and I would like to single out our
allies in Mount Lebanon, the North, the Bekaa and the South. I
urge the parliamentary blocs to join forces and improve
political performance to counter the many anticipated
challenges on the domestic and external levels.
The latest elections were the fruit of a democratic system,
which is safeguarded by the people and which will neither be
violated nor weakened, irrespective of wrong practices. Had it
not been for this system, had it not been for the democratic
spirit that is deeply engrained in the conscience of the
Lebanese, the elections would not have survived the campaigns
that sought to tarnish Lebanon and its democratic image.
is necessary to protect the existing system and to reject any
attempts to shake its foundations. This is a non-negotiable
national priority that represents the other aspect of
political, personal and economic freedoms which are the first
line of defense - for Lebanon, the mission; Lebanon, the role
and Lebanon, the state.
parliamentary elections in Beirut took place in an atmosphere
of tension and skepticism over the neutrality of the state.
There was an endless stream of rumors and predictions of
imminent problems that would occur during the polls, the
vote-counting process and finally the announcement of the
reality, the smooth election process was felt by citizens and
observers alike. I would like to praise the neutrality of his
excellency, the president, and the government, the Interior
Ministry in particular, during the election process. I also
laud the security authorities, especially the army, for the
high level of responsibility displayed in carrying out its
duties. The same applies to the administrative and judicial
institutions. All these are worthy of praise and appreciation.
want our national vision for completing the construction of a
modern, strong and democratic state to complement the vision
of all those working for the revival of Lebanon.
Lebanese are asking their Parliament for realistic solutions
to the difficult crises with which they are grappling. The
remedies are not impossible. They can be achieved if all the
officials and leaderships pool their resources.
significant challenge lies ahead, a significant challenge to
the new Parliament. Our bet will remain that the Lebanese
people, who have confronted many difficulties and challenges
in the past, will rise to the occasion again.
thank the loyal Beirut
thank you all