The Lebanese Economic Committees, a leading private sector alliance, came out Tuesday against bringing down the government in the streets, urging calm to safeguard the economy from repercussions of political and security turmoil.
“Despite the enormity of the loss in the killing of Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hasan, we condemn road blocks and the attempt to storm the Grand Serail,” committees head Adnan Kassar said.
“We call on all political sides to endorse a moderate political discourse to help save what is left of the Lebanese economy,” he added at a news conference.
Kassar reiterated that the Lebanese economy has been receding for most of 2012, and placed the blame for an economic collapse on politicians.
“We should not keep the economy hostage to politics and politicians,” Kassar added.
Some officials of the Economic Committees had called over the weekend on Prime Minister Najib Mikati to step down.