On Thursday, the Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, asserted that he will not leave the presidency before “exposing all the corruption”.
His statements came during a meeting with the new Executive Council of the Maronite League headed by Ambassador Dr. Khalil Karam at the presidential palace in Baabda.
The Lebanese president, whose term ends next October, asserted that his successor holds the responsibility of restoring Lebanon.
“I do not want to create a presidential system. I want to be a president,” he said, stating that he had imposed the forensic audit on the government and is currently working on the Capital Control law.
During his meeting with the Maronite League, the Lebanese president stressed on citizens to vote for the right people in the upcoming May 15 parliamentary elections. He encouraged the “brave people” to “take over the reins of government after the end of his term,” as reported by the National News Agency (NNA).
He also spoke about the importance of reforming the judiciary and other institutions.
The parliamentary elections that could be decisive for Lebanon’s fate are a month and a half away. Many are holding to the hope of a radical change that could save the country from the multiple crises brought in by the ruling officials these past years.
However, as of Wednesday, 42 candidates, including 6 women, have withdrawn their candidacy, leaving more space in the arena for the same ruling parties.