Jumblatt to nominate Hariri as Lebanon PM, report

Progressive Socialist party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said his meeting with Syrian President Bashar Assad on Saturday was excellent, an-Nahar newspaper reported.

Jumblatt also said that he will will declare his stance on the parliament consultations ( aimed at nominating a PM designate ) at 3:45 p.m. Monday following his meeting with the President Michel Suleiman as part of consultations” with his party, according to the An Nahar report.

In a related development al-Hayat quoted informed sources as saying that Jumblatt and members of his Democratic Gathering bloc were most likely to name caretaker PM Saad Hariri to head the new cabinet.

The sources also said that Jumblatt informed Hariri during their meeting on Friday that he was committed to the content of the Saudi-Syrian agreement and that there was no interest in naming a premier other than Hariri as long as he holds onto the Arab mediation.

Jumblatt was reportedly pressured by Syrian president Bashar al Assad to side with the candidate of the Hezbollah-led opposition during the parliamentary consultations.

According to local reports Jumblatt was going to tell the Syrian authorities that he cannot convince all the members of his Democratic Gathering bloc to vote for the PM candidate of the opposition and for this reason he is working on a compromise during the parliamentary consultations to delay the designation of a new prime minister with the aim of returning Hariri as the head of the government, according to Lebanon Files

Lebanon Files reported that Syria is insisting that the majority of Jumblatt’s MPs should vote for the opposition candidate . …They want Jumblatt to name 8 of his 11 member bloc to vote for the opposition.

The Democratic Gathering bloc will meet at 5 p.m. on Sunday at Jumblatt’s residence in Clemenceau to discuss its stance on the parliamentary consultations scheduled for Monday, LBCI TV and MTV reported on Saturday.

Berri

It appears from a Sunday report by Asharq al-Awsat that Lebanese speaker Nabih Berri as adopting a similar stance to Jumblatt’s . He reportedly told the daily that” the opposition was keen on seeing Hariri’s commitment to the Saudi-Syrian efforts to solve the crisis so that it names him for the PM’s post again.”

Saudi and Syrian officials had reportedly been working on a compromise that would resolve tensions in Lebanon over the imminent Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) indictment . Reports say that the STL may soon indict Hezbollah members in its investigation of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, father of Saad the current prime minister.

Hezbollah asked MP Michel Aoun to announce on Tuesday the failure of the Saudi-Syrian initiative and to blame March 14 alliance for the failure.

Hariri reportedly told MP Walid Jumbaltt on Friday: They want me to surrender and present concession after concession … on top of that they have a gun pointed to my head,” he was quoted as saying.

Hariri also reportedly told Jumblatt that the opposition cannot be counted on in respecting agreements, as proven through its violation of the Doha agreement when the opposition ministers resigned from Cabinet.

  • 7akibalash

    jimblatt and berri are lying through their teeth, neither one of them will endorse harriri for premiership. they are trying to tilt the public opinion in hizbilkhara’s favor by making it look like it is harriri who wont compromise, when all along it is hizbilkhara who is responsible for sh*t-canning the syrian saudi initiative. hizbilkhara is desperate and pulling out all the stops.
    the sad part is the majority of the lebanese will gobble their BS and it becomes a reality for them all.
    what the hell is the point of elections if one party can turn around and change the results a year down the road?
    march 14 should’ve left hizbilkhara out of the government, this whole “fairness” is not reciprocated and neither is it apreciated but ambushed and cut down to pieces.
    harriri must act like a man and stand his ground and start showing some damn character for a change. Lead and not be a victim of circumstances and ambushes.

  • Anonymous

    jimblatt and berri are lying through their teeth, neither one of them will endorse harriri for premiership. they are trying to tilt the public opinion in hizbilkhara’s favor by making it look like it is harriri who wont compromise, when all along it is hizbilkhara who is responsible for sh*t-canning the syrian saudi initiative. hizbilkhara is desperate and pulling out all the stops.
    the sad part is the majority of the lebanese will gobble their BS and it becomes a reality for them all.
    what the hell is the point of elections if one party can turn around and change the results a year down the road?
    march 14 should’ve left hizbilkhara out of the government, this whole “fairness” is not reciprocated and neither is it apreciated but ambushed and cut down to pieces.
    harriri must act like a man and stand his ground and start showing some damn character for a change. Lead and not be a victim of circumstances and ambushes.

  • Anonymous

    jimblatt and berri are lying through their teeth, neither one of them will endorse harriri for premiership. they are trying to tilt the public opinion in hizbilkhara’s favor by making it look like it is harriri who wont compromise, when all along it is hizbilkhara who is responsible for sh*t-canning the syrian saudi initiative. hizbilkhara is desperate and pulling out all the stops.
    the sad part is the majority of the lebanese will gobble their BS and it becomes a reality for them all.
    what the hell is the point of elections if one party can turn around and change the results a year down the road?
    march 14 should’ve left hizbilkhara out of the government, this whole “fairness” is not reciprocated and neither is it apreciated but ambushed and cut down to pieces.
    harriri must act like a man and stand his ground and start showing some damn character for a change. Lead and not be a victim of circumstances and ambushes.

  • josephphdman

    how dare you two conspire against the sunnis community they have have been living in lebanon for a thounsand year and they have the same right to live in this country as evrybodyelse

  • Anonymous

    how dare you two conspire against the sunnis community they have have been living in lebanon for a thounsand year and they have the same right to live in this country as evrybodyelse

  • Anonymous

    how dare you two conspire against the sunnis community they have have been living in lebanon for a thounsand year and they have the same right to live in this country as evrybodyelse