Hamade's statement comes amidst renewed pressures on President Emile Lahoud to resign.
The Daily Star - Politics - Hamade: Lahoud's relation with Hariri one of surveillance: "Telecommunications Minister Marwan Hamade Monday said President Emile Lahoud's relationship with the late Premier Rafik Hariri was one of 'mukhabarat and surveillance in the first degree.' Hamade mocked a statement issued by Lahoud Sunday that his relationship with assassinated Premier Rafik Hariri had always been 'respectful and positive.'
'The president's relationship with Hariri was one of mukhabarat and surveillance in the first degree - just as Abdel-Halim Khaddam said,' Hamade said, referring to comments made Friday by former Syrian Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam.
The MP added that the 'reports written by the Lebanese intelligence apparatus and Anjar (Syria's former main intelligence base) against the Syrian command assert that fact.'
Hamade, also a member of the Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc, said he found it 'pitiful and funny' the presidency 'has become almost a member of the Syrian People's Council and is misleading the Lebanese people.'"