Lebanese president attempts to restore confidence amid continued nationwide protests

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-04 01:27:11|Editor: yan
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BEIRUT, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Supporters of Lebanese President Michel Aoun flocked to Baabda Palace on Sunday for the president and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) headed by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Al Jadeed local TV Channel reported.

Aoun's supporters reiterated their confidence in the president's capabilities of implementing reforms that would restore economic prosperity in the country.

Meanwhile, Aoun addressed the FPM supporters by saying that he has three goals for the coming period including the fight against corruption, the achievement of economic growth and the creation of a secular state.

"I will keep my promises to the Lebanese population. The Lebanese have lost their confidence in the government and this is a big problem which we will be working on solving," Aoun said.

For his part, Bassil joined the protests at Baabda Palace while addressing the audience by saying that only his party was keen on fighting against corruption in the government.

"We have warned our partners that we will get to this stage and we are here to tell people who protested that we are with them and let us continue together," he said. "We are not all corrupted."

Protests by Aoun's supporters came following over two weeks of nationwide protests which called for the mass resignation of the Lebanese president, cabinet and all members of parliament.

The Lebanese flocked to the streets in several areas of the country starting from Oct. 17 to demonstrate against policies adopted in Lebanon which led to the impoverishment of citizens and an alarmingly elevated public debt.

Protesters blocked roads for two weeks all over Lebanon which caused complete paralysis in the country with the closure of schools, banks and businesses.

Lebanese expatriates all over the world held protests to support people in Lebanon considering it an opportunity for change.

A big number of expatriates voiced their willingness to return to their homeland if positive changes come out of the current situation.