No plan for Hezbollah to quit cabinet, says minister


Youth and Sports Minister Ali Abdullah a key member of Hezbollah , said Monday that Opposition and Shiite Cabinet ministers will not quit following a possible indictment of Hezbollah members in the 2005 assassination of lebanon’s former PM Rafik Hariri.

“The issue of withdrawal of Opposition ministers has not been raised and there is no such thing,” Abdullah said in an interview with Akhbar al-Yom news agency when asked whether pro-Hezbollah ministers would quit Cabinet in the event Hezbollah members were implicated in the Hariri killing.

He stressed that Opposition ministers were committed to the government of national unity.

“The March 8 ministers are sticking to the national-unity cabinet and are keen on preserving it,” Abdullah said.

He also praised Prime Minister Saad Hariri for making effort to maintain a calm atmosphere in Lebanon amid strain over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).

On the ongoing electricity crisis, Abdullah said: “We should reach a settlement to the problem of power rationing.”

However, he pointed out that such solutions take time and effort.