Hariri: Hezbollah controlled government aims at eliminating the tribunal

Caretaker Premier Saad Hariri justified the March 14 alliance’s refusal to be part of Najib Mikati’s government by stressing that the Hezbollah-backed Cabinet aims at “eliminating” the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

March 14 “saw that it is in the interest of Lebanon and the Lebanese to move to a real national opposition that responds to the requirements of a democratic system,” Hariri said in the interview published Monday.

“They wanted us to become part of a government that seeks to eliminate the international tribunal from the policy statement,” Hariri told al-Mustaqbal daily about the March 8 forces.

The new opposition should “preserve the nation” against efforts to target the constitution and the Taef accord, he added.

When asked if the March 14 decision to become the new opposition was the start of a campaign for the 2013 parliamentary elections, Hariri said: “This issue is not linked to power. It is about essential things that effected public life.”

He said the next elections will be an opportunity for the Lebanese “to salvage the democratic system” from Hizbullah’s arms.

The March 14 alliance’s decision to not participate in the next cabinet was really made by the March 8 coalition, Environment Minister Mohammad Rahhal—who is a member of the Future Movement—told OTV on Monday.

March 8 made no serious offers to March 14 for the latter to join the cabinet, he added.

Mikati has yet to form a cabinet after the January collapse of Hariri’s unity government over a dispute over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon – investigating the 2005 murder of former PM Rafik Hariri – which will reportedly indict Hezbollah members.

Naharnet, Now Lebanon

  • master09

    Will the people wake up and stand against the threat of peace do we just want to fight ISREAL FOR EVER. Wake up people peace will never come to the Lebanese as long as we have radical groups in our country just like when we had the PLO sending bombs into Isreal for sure Isreal will send some back.

    Hariri addressed Hezbollah and said: “we simply decided to tell you what each and every Lebanese is saying everyday: The Lebanese system and the economic, social, cultural, political and constitutional life as well as the right of the Lebanese people to a secure and safe life, will never be achieved as long as these weapons are ready to be used against citizens.”

    “You may think that you can control the country, impose whoever you want at as speaker even when you don’t have the majority, impose whoever you want in the premiership, you may try to destroy the image of the President, just as you are doing now, because the weapons are ready to be used against citizens, and the Lebanese will say “it’s ok” under the threat,” he said.

    “No. “It is not ok”. We simply decided to tell you: No. It is not ok.”

  • master09

    Will the people wake up and stand against the threat of peace do we just want to fight ISREAL FOR EVER. Wake up people peace will never come to the Lebanese as long as we have radical groups in our country just like when we had the PLO sending bombs into Isreal for sure Isreal will send some back.

    Hariri addressed Hezbollah and said: “we simply decided to tell you what each and every Lebanese is saying everyday: The Lebanese system and the economic, social, cultural, political and constitutional life as well as the right of the Lebanese people to a secure and safe life, will never be achieved as long as these weapons are ready to be used against citizens.”

    “You may think that you can control the country, impose whoever you want at as speaker even when you don’t have the majority, impose whoever you want in the premiership, you may try to destroy the image of the President, just as you are doing now, because the weapons are ready to be used against citizens, and the Lebanese will say “it’s ok” under the threat,” he said.

    “No. “It is not ok”. We simply decided to tell you: No. It is not ok.”

  • Anonymous

    Will the people wake up and stand against the threat of peace do we just want to fight ISREAL FOR EVER. Wake up people peace will never come to the Lebanese as long as we have radical groups in our country just like when we had the PLO sending bombs into Isreal for sure Isreal will send some back.

    Hariri addressed Hezbollah and said: “we simply decided to tell you what each and every Lebanese is saying everyday: The Lebanese system and the economic, social, cultural, political and constitutional life as well as the right of the Lebanese people to a secure and safe life, will never be achieved as long as these weapons are ready to be used against citizens.”

    “You may think that you can control the country, impose whoever you want at as speaker even when you don’t have the majority, impose whoever you want in the premiership, you may try to destroy the image of the President, just as you are doing now, because the weapons are ready to be used against citizens, and the Lebanese will say “it’s ok” under the threat,” he said.

    “No. “It is not ok”. We simply decided to tell you: No. It is not ok.”