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Lebanon voices: George Bitar

Voters in Lebanon give their reaction to the new unity government.


The people Lebanese people are divided. Politicians are partly to blame, as they serve their sect
Age: 50
Occupation: Manager
Location: Beirut
Background: Christian converted to Shia

We need a national unity government to ensure peace because there are so many divisions in Lebanon.

I support Hezbollah and believe they should play an important part in the new government.

They are a force for good because they defend our territory and keeping us safe.

They will not take money for themselves because they are a pious party. This is unusual in Lebanon where every politician seems to abuse state resources.

Politicians are partly to blame for these divisions between people, because they serve their sect.

People tend to live in an area where their religion predominates. I may go to other areas on business, but I don't end up mixing with people much.

If I go to the wrong Sunni neighbourhood in Beirut people may throw stones at me.

There has been growing tension between Sunnis and Shias generally - look how Shias are attacked in Iraq. I have been to Saudi Arabia and people have spat at me because of my religion.

This is why many Shia people support Hezbollah - they are the only ones who can defend our people, not just the territory. The Lebanese army are there to defend the Christians.

I do fear that the rising tensions could lead to war between the different communities. Or Israel could attack us again, so we would have a regional war.

We need a government formed of people prepared to rise above their differences. But I don't think this is likely to happen.



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