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Former minister Wiam Wahab called on the March 8 coalition ministers to resign and overthrow the government as soon as possible because the government cannot continue to work in the current situation, the National News Agency (NNA) reported on Tuesday.

Wahab, a staunch ally of Syria made the statement following his meeting with former President Emile Lahoud.

“Let the opposition surprise them by resigning from government before they surprise us with the indictment,” he stressed.

Wahab is referring to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) indictment.

Tension escalated in Lebanon after reports said that the STL will soon issue its indictment into the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Last July, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said that the tribunal is “an Israeli project” that will indict Hezbollah members. Nasrallah accused Israel of being behind Hariri’s assassination but refused to provide the evidence to STL. Some March 8 coalition politicians have been calling for the abolition of the tribunal, while Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun and former head of General Security Jamil as-Sayyed publicly attacked the government.

Wahab also called on President Michel Suleiman to take action in order to face worst situations that might occur. If the STL aims to sabotage Lebanon, we will overthrow it and prevent those who cooperate with it from doing so. He also said that the president can request aborting the functioning of the STL.

Ali Hussein a political analyst told Ya Libnan last August : “Both Hezbollah and Syria use Wahab on regular basis to do their dirty work….whatever he has been saying ever since 2004 has always been reflecting the thinking of the Syrian and Hezbollah leadership.”

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