Sidon MP urges faster murder probe
By Mohammed Zaatari
The Daily Star
SIDON: President of the Popular Nasserite Movement, Sidon MP Osama Saad, urged the government Friday to speed up investigations into the assassination of former Premier Rafik Hariri to ease tensions and reveal the identity of the perpetrators.
Saad held a news conference at the movement's headquarters in Sidon on the occasion of the passing of 30 years since the assassination of Maarouf Saad, a Sidon citizen who led the popular resistance during the 1960s.
The MP also condemned Hariri's assassination, describing the government's reaction to the crime as irresponsible.
Saad said: "This murder is a turning point for the country, and the government should have dealt with the problem with more accuracy and efficiency."
Saad also had criticism for the opposition, saying: "It should not close the doors of communication in the face of the loyalists."
He further stressed the need for dialogue and said relations between Syria and Lebanon should be resumed.
Sources told The Daily Star Friday that Saad would grant the Cabinet his vote of confidence, although he did not agree with the regime's current policies.
The sources added that Saad had no other option but to vote in support of the government, as the opposition was under U.S. and European pressure and, hence, was not able to meet the country's interests.