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Nasrallah speech – analysis

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Lebanon

The big message was this – we accept the result of yesterday’s election.

Nasrallah was magnanimous in defeat, although he did bring up accusations that March 14 have been paying for votes, and carrying out sectarian incitement.

He said March 14 accused Hizbollah of being incapable of accepting defeat – Nasrallah said he’d now proven that to be a lie. Another lie – that Hizbollah would use its weapons to force a victory.

He thanked Hizbollah’s supporters for turning out in huge numbers in southern Lebanon and Baalbek, even where the party faced little competition.

And he repeated his defence of the Resistance weapons – saying it was the will of the people that Hizbollah defends Lebanon.

He said he hoped March 14 learned the lessons of the past (probably referring to the Doha agreement, and the Hizbollah cabinet veto, which Hariri says he will scrap). This seems to be the one issue for a potential showdown in the coming weeks.

But overall his message was one of national unity. He said there was still a chance to push through the reforms needed to build a strong Lebanese state.

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