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Hezbollah MP Warns: With Departure of Army Chief Lebanon ‘Will Fall Into a Security Vacuum’

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Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad. Photo: PressTV.

Lebanon is likely to enter a dangerous security vacuum as the term of Army Commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi’s comes to a close and a Parliamentary boycott continues to stifle attempts to extend his tenure, Lebanon’s Daily Star quoted Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad as saying Monday.

“We are headed toward a critical stage of a security vacuum when the Army commander’s term ends in September,” Raad said at a memorial service in south Lebanon.

“If a new [Army] chief is not appointed or the present commander’s mandate has not been extended, the Army will be an institution with no command,” added Raad, head of the Hezbollah parliamentary bloc.

“A resigned government cannot appoint an army commander,” he argued.

Raad said that the Lebanese Army must be preserved or Lebanon “will fall into a security vacuum.” He did not indicate whether Hezbollah will try to fill said vacuum.

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