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14 Aug 2005
Q: Do you intend to continue in your political work after you voluntarily left parliament and your governmental post? IMF: I make a distinction between political work, in its narrow sense, and national work, that I consider a duty. If you mean by political work what we read and see in the media, then I never considered myself a member of the professional political club in Lebanon. I am still an amateur, in the sense of doing something because I love to do it, and from this perspective I will serve Lebanon in whatever way and from whatever position I can.  more
02 Jun 2005
The country is on the eve of the first phase of elections that you boycotted in protest against a law that you rejected, and was rejected, later on, by many leaders that described it in a very negative way. What are the reasons for you not running for parliament? A. My decision not to run is based on two reasons  more
13 May 2005
Asked to assess the local situation as the general elections approach, Fares replied, “Confessionalism has returned in force, as has clientelism, extremism and the system of sharing spoils. Fifteen years after the Taef Agreement, we’re back at square one  more
12 May 2005
The Maronine Bishop's statement is very important in its content and form, and its warning to all parties. If you go back to the statement I made on May 8, when I decided not to run for elections, you will find many common points between my address and their statement, for I was the first to warn against adopting the 2000 Electoral Law during the parliamentary session that took place a day before my announcement that I was not going to run.  more
28 Apr 2005
In the wake of Syria's departure from Lebanon afetr a 29-year-long occupation, Lebanese former Deputy Prime Minister and former Tufts University trustee Issam Fares said that he is optimistic about his country's future more
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