Sayegh: Corruption and Arms Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

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Sayegh: Corruption and Arms Are Two Sides of the Same Coin

Kataeb's Deputy-President Salim Sayegh on Thursday said that Hezbollah is "engineering" the political life in Lebanon, notably the recent government formation, warning that the problem lies in the fact that arms and corruption have become closely interconnected.

"Corruption and arms are two sides of the same coin, with one protecting the other," Sayegh said in an interview on MTV.

"On the political level, we consider Hezbollah to be a Lebanese party. But it is also an existing military militia that is affiliated to a certain axis, and it doesn't deny this accusation," he added.

Sayegh noted that the Kataeb party doesn't mind engaging in a dialogue with Hezbollah, but will surely not accept to seal absurd settlements at the expense of the State's welfare and the nation-building project.

The Kataeb official stressed the need to eradicate corruption that is plaguing the State institutions and to forge equality between all the Lebanese, adding that it is time to stop discrimination and enforce the rule of the law equally across the country.

Sayegh voiced regret over the disintegration of the March 14 alliance, deploring the fact that the country has turned into statelets instead of becoming a real State following the rare opportunity that was made possible in 2005.

"Nonetheless, our struggle is not over yet. We have to seek to turn the same slogans into actions, provided that we draw lessons from everything that happened since 2005," he said. "We have to restore political balance, or else we will be dragged into more instability."

Sayegh dismissed claims that the presence of an opposition force would lead to a civil war, saying that it is time to learn the culture of democracy and refrain from attacking those who have different viewpoints than the ruling authority.