Hezbollah's No.2 calls Suleiman’s proposal unconstitutional

qassem naim defSheikh Naim Qassem Deputy of Hezbollah’s Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah , dismissed President Michel Suleiman’s proposal for the formation of a new government to oversee the upcoming presidential elections as “unconstitutional.”

“Suleiman’s proposal for the formation of a new government, with or without a parliamentary vote of confidence, to oversee the presidential elections is unconstitutional,” Qassem , who is usually referred to as Number 2 said in a statement on Thursday, according to a report by NOW.

“A government that doesn’t enjoy the confidence [of the parliament] cannot take replace the caretaker government, and therefore won’t be able to oversee the presidential elections as it won’t have any legal backing.”

Qassem warned that “such a path will lead the country to strife, division and chaos.”

He also accused the March 14 coalition of striving to form a cabinet “that doesn’t enjoy the support of the majority,” in order to replace the current caretaker government.

Suleiman, whose mandate expires in 2014, has repeatedly said that he is against the extension of his own term as president.

However, the deepening political deadlock in Lebanon has raised fears his mandate may have to be extended.

Earlier this week President Suleiman urged the formation of a new government to oversee the presidential elections that are scheduled for May 2014 and stressed they should be held on time.

“A new government should be formed to oversee the presidential elections even if it doesn’t receive parliamentary vote of confidence,” Suleiman said in a speech on Tuesday.

He reiterated his rejection of an extension to his presidential term.

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam has been trying since his appointment last April to form a cabinet based on giving an equal share to the rival political blocks – March 14 , March 8 and the centrists, but the Hezbollah led March 8 alliance has been insisting on having a bigger share in the cabinet to allow it to veto its decisions . Salam has been opposed to giving any party a veto power ( usually referred to as a blocking third ) and has been insisting that the 8-8-8 formula is in the best interest of Lebanon . He has on several occasions floated the idea of forming a neutral cabinet of technocrats, but Hezbollah and FPM leader MP Michel Aoun have been opposed to this idea too. Meanwhile, the Future Movement and other March 14 parties claim that they will not be part of a cabinet in which Hezbollah participates and this is why Lebanon is still without a government and Mikati is still acting as the caretaker Prime Minister.

During his televised address in October Hezbollah’s Nasrallah said he accepts the 9-9-6 formula.
“We [currently] accept the 9-9-6 formula [for cabinet formation], but when conditions change we might no longer accept it; take advantage of the opportunity,” Nasrallah told March 14 alliance

PSP leader Walid Jumblatt has been promoting the 9-9-6 formula that was initially proposed by Hezbollah’s ally Speaker Berri which calls for giving veto power to the two main rival camps March 14 and March 8, but 6 ministers only to the centrist bloc which is supposed to include president Michel Suleiman and PM designate Tammam Salam in addition to Jumblatt. But many March 14 politicians now consider Jumblatt a part of the March 8 alliance and for this reason they rejected the proposal. March 14 alliance is also insisting that Hezbollah should withdraw its fighters from Syria before participating in any new cabinet.

Berri warned last week that the formation of a new government is becoming increasingly unlikely amid the deepening political deadlock in Lebanon.

“The chances of a formation of a new government are decreasing daily, and they will be almost nil by the end of the current month,” Berri said in remarks published by Al-Akhbar on December 6.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea lashed out Tuesday at Hezbollah accusing it of violating the Lebanese constitution and of interpreting it the way it fits its needs.

During a seminar on Human Rights Day, Geagea said:

“Some parties in Lebanon are still insisting on violating this constitution and taking us back to obsolete eras, he said adding :The interpretation of the Constitution changes according to the needs of the Resistance and the constitutional institutions come last because the conflict with the “great satans” and “small satans” must come first.

  • 5thDrawer

    ‘It’s MY constitution .. a little shitty … but it’s only a few Leb-bugs causing that …’
    Can’t be going forward … and everything else is “obsolete” …

  • 5thDrawer

    ‘It’s MY constitution .. a little shitty … but it’s only a few Leb-bugs causing that …’
    Can’t be going forward … and everything else is “obsolete” …

  • Esther Fernandez

    stop killing syrian babeys is unconstitutional

  • Esther Fernandez

    stop killing syrian babeys is unconstitutional

  • lebanesesam

    I don’t understand, why would we choose veto power for March 14 & 8, then we are back to where we are, right? M14 veto something and M8 veto it again, so how do you make a decision? Also can someone explain what is wrong with the 8-8-8? Isn’t it easier to share equally, this whole thing is confusing 🙂

    • libnan1

      It’s simple M14 are wimps and there are no independent people in Lebanon. The GREAT represent the Christians and HA represent the Shiite (2/3 of Lebanon). So in order to keep Lebanon free M8 should have the right to a veto.

      • 5thass

        I vote you for president!

        • libnan1

          I appreciate your vote. If I was to get elected my platform will be:
          1. Hind is my foreign minster
          2. Police will all be hot females
          3. If fights were to happen send strippers instead of the army
          4. Erect platforms around the borders maned with skimpy dressed hot chicks
          5. Put speed bumps every 1000 ft
          6. Electricity for all 20/7 with smart meters
          7. Fire all MPs and for one period (4yrs) women are the only ones allowed to run

          I think Lebanon will be a much gentler country if I was to govern.
          Open for suggestions

          • lebanesesam

            Well since you will be in power, can you give 24/7 electricity instead of 20/7 – unless there’s plans for the other 4 hours 🙂

          • 5thDrawer

            I still wait to see how they manage 24/24… :-))))

          • 5thDrawer

            So, you are using part of Gaddafi’s platform ??? 😉
            Agree with all except speed bumps … unless you are buying me new struts every year along with enough fuel for the 22/7 generator in the garage …

          • libnan1

            Gaddafi stayed in power for over 30 yrs, if he wasn’t a criminal he would still be in power. I just need 10 years for all the weapons in peoples hands to rust away, that is doable with my platform …:)

      • The real lebanese

        Lol 2/3 of Lebanon is definitley not M8. Especially with HAs involvment in Syria, its less now than it was last election.

      • lebanesesam

        I understand, but if M8 has Veto Power and M14, then they can veto what M8 vetoed in the first place and vice versa, what the heck. It’s like 2 kids going back and forth. Also I don’t understand why would you get more headcount in Parliament if you are 2/3 (whether you’re Shiite, Christian, Sunni or Durzi)? Also can they do 7-7-7 & 3 maybe neutral that can side with either M8/M14/druze or whomever they think is making the right decision. those 3 can vote for any group they want.

  • lebanesesam

    I don’t understand, why would we choose veto power for March 14 & 8, then we are back to where we are, right? M14 veto something and M8 veto it again, so how do you make a decision? Also can someone explain what is wrong with the 8-8-8? Isn’t it easier to share equally, this whole thing is confusing 🙂

    • libnan1

      It’s simple M14 are wimps and there are no independent people in Lebanon. The GREAT represent the Christians and HA represent the Shiite (2/3 of Lebanon). So in order to keep Lebanon free M8 should have the right to a veto.

      • 5thass

        I vote you for president!

        • libnan1

          I appreciate your vote. If I was to get elected my platform will be:
          1. Hind is my foreign minster
          2. Police will all be hot females
          3. If fights were to happen send strippers instead of the army
          4. Erect platforms around the borders maned with skimpy dressed hot chicks
          5. Put speed bumps every 1000 ft
          6. Electricity for all 20/7 with smart meters
          7. Fire all MPs and for one period (4yrs) women are the only ones allowed to run

          I think Lebanon will be a much gentler country if I was to govern.
          Open for suggestions

          • lebanesesam

            Well since you will be in power, can you give 24/7 electricity instead of 20/7 – unless there’s plans for the other 4 hours 🙂

          • 5thDrawer

            I still wait for 24/24… :-))))

          • 5thDrawer

            So, you are using part of Gaddafi’s platform ??? 😉

          • libnan1

            Gaddafi stayed in power for over 30 yrs, if he wasn’t a criminal he would still be in power. I just need 10 years for all the weapons in peoples hands to rust away, that is doable with my platform …:)

      • The real lebanese

        Lol 2/3 of Lebanon is definitley not M8. Especially with HAs involvment in Syria, its less now than it was last election.

      • lebanesesam

        I understand, but if M8 has Veto Power and M14, then they can veto what M8 vetoed in the first place and vice versa, what the heck. It’s like 2 kids going back and forth. Also I don’t understand why would you get more headcount in Parliament if you are 2/3 (whether you’re Shiite, Christian, Sunni or Durzi)? Also can they do 7-7-7 & 3 maybe neutral that can side with either M8/M14/druze or whomever they think is making the right decision. those 3 can vote for any group they want.

  • 5thass

    Running a militia in the country is constitutional?

    • 5thDrawer

      It’s one of those ‘implied’ things … like ‘all militias (against British) may bear arms’ became ‘all men’ in practice.
      :-))))

  • 5thass

    Running a militia in the country is constitutional?

    • 5thDrawer

      It’s one of those ‘implied’ things … like ‘all militias (against British) may bear arms’ became ‘all men’ in practice.
      :-))))

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Give the joint to the highest bidder.

  • Maborlz Ez-Hari

    Give the joint to the highest bidder.

  • Tk

    is this guy was born in Lebanon before he talks about the Lebanese constituition?

  • Tk

    is this guy was born in Lebanon before he talks about the Lebanese constituition?