The head of the “Marada” movement, Suleiman Franjieh, confirmed that “we can only name either Faisal Karami or Najib Mikati to head the government, with whom we have a personal relationship. We do not want to participate in a government of one party, and we cannot participate in a government of the covenant team in which kit has than one third.”
After his meeting with Patriarch Mar Bechara Boutros Al-Rahi in Diman, Franjieh pointed out that “we are responsible and each of us has a social duty, and no one can replace the state.” He asked: “What can we say with the conditions we are suffering from? There is no longer a middle class in the country.”
On the issue of the port explosion, he said: “We did not sign the petition and the immunity will be lifted, but the ministers will be tried according to it before the Supreme Council for the Trial of Presidents and Ministers. There is great pressure on Judge Tariq Bitar and on all judges”.
“I challenge Judge Bitar to come out and say who took the nitrates and used them. He doesn’t know anything”. I am with the trial before Judge Bitar, because none of the ministers is guilty. The court is political, and the answer is political, and “the minister doesn’t have to know if the nitrates explode.”
Franjieh concluded: “We are against ministers being sacrificed, and we demand a fair court. They have the right to defend themselves and the charged is innocent until proven guilty, and Fenianos will appear before the court.”