Statement by Prime Minister Rafic Hariri
October 23, 2000)
Excellency President Emile Lahoud conveyed to me the results
of the parliamentary consultations he conducted according to
the Constitution and designated me to form the government
according to these results. I am grateful to his Excellency
and to my colleagues, the deputies, for the valued confidence
with which they have entrusted me. I also pray to God for
success and for us all to be able to realize the peopleís
expectations and hopes.
challenges are considerable and are not limited to one aspect
of our national life. They are multifaceted and are manifest
on the economic and social levels, as well as on the political
scene both domestically and regionally. These challenges
require the highest levels of national solidarity and
cooperation to face up to their impact at all levels.
I will start immediately, in cooperation with his Excellency
the President, conducting consultations with the deputies and
the political forces and leaders to form a government team
that can deal with the current situation and face its
we take the first step on a long road of national action that
requires relentless efforts to tackle economic and social
challenges, activate development and production, continue the
process of construction, and renew confidence in the
democratic system and the requirements of national accord. It
requires similar efforts to face regional developments and the
deadlock reached in the peace process in the region as a
result of Israelís unreasonable stances and declared war
against the Palestinian people.
do not deny that I feel the burden of responsibility from this
moment, but I do not think that any Lebanese is any less
determined than me to face the challenges no matter how hard
they may be. I will continue to count on the Lebanese people
and their courage in facing crises, on cooperation with his
Excellency the President and with the parliament that has
given me its confidence, and on the democratic system that we
consider the basic source of our political societyís
are on the eve of a new period during which we look forward to
working together with the spirit of national accord to
complete the liberation of our land from Israelís
are on the eve of a new period during which we call for action
with the spirit of Lebanonís youth and for preparing for the
challenges of the future.
are on the eve of a new period during which we urge all
Lebanese to show more solidarity to renew confidence in our
country, the state and its institutions.
challenges awaiting us are big, but it is essential that we
face them so that we can live up to the expectations of the
people and help them overcome their own challenges.