In a televised speech today Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah denied that his party controls the new Lebanese government.
“The government is the government of all those taking part in it.” He said.
“Saying that the government is Hezbollah’s government is a wrong description. Ethically, this is a lie and the right description is that this government is comprised of a group of political forces in Lebanon among them Hezbollah”.
Commenting on US warning that Hezbollah could divert funding from the health ministry which it now controls he said.
“We don’t want projects, business or anything and we don’t want to be accused of anything, seeing us our primal concern is humanitarian.
Nasrallah added : The money of the Lebanese state belongs to the state and there is a legal responsibility towards this money in addition to the ethical responsibility, because the minister and the ministry are entrusted with this money.
Nasrallah went on to say : “The health minister is for all Lebanese and all regions and so is the health ministry.” .
He added: “The health minister is not a member of our party and we have taken this decision for the sake of the country’s interest.”
Nasrallah called for combating corruption and the waste of public money and offered to be a partner in addressing the difficult files.
“There is consensus that there is a financial and economic threat and therefore the government must say how it intends to prevent the financial collapse.” Nasrallah added
He concluded his speech by calling for “calm and rapprochement”.
As in the case of the formation of all previous governments Hezbollah was accused of being behind the delay in formation of this government when it pressed a demand for one of its Sunni allies to be given a post in a new government after politicians agreed on a government makeup .
As a result of Hezbollah ‘s demands it took 8 months to form the government