Minister Hussein opposed to voting on STL funding


Minister of State Adnan as-Sayyed Hussein told OTV on Sunday that he is against voting on the state budget’s clause pertaining to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), adding that a consensus should be achieved regarding the issue.

March 14 alliance MPs withdrew from the September 16 evening session of the Parliamentary Budget and Finance Commission to prevent it from reaching a quorum when March 8 coalition MPs called for voting on a 2010 state budget clause pertaining to Lebanon’s funding of the STL.

Hussein also said that he supports transferring the false witnesses’ case file to Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar and then to the General Prosecutor’s office, adding that he is against stalling this issue.

Hussein is one of 3 ministers allocated to president Michel Suleiman.

On August 18, the cabinet delegated Najjar to prepare a report on false testimonies in the international investigation into the 2005 murder of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Najjar is expected to present the report to the cabinet during its Tuesday session.

It is not possible to change the government or modify it, Sayyed Hussein said.

MP Nuhad al-Mashnouq , a member of PM Saad Hariri’s al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc urged Prime Minister Saad Hariri yesterday to resign and form a new cabinet

Domestic and foreign pressures must push Lebanese political figures to resolve problems within the current government, he added.

Tension escalated in Lebanon after reports said that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon 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 to support his claim.

There are fears that should the court indict Hezbollah members, it could lead to clashes similar to those of the 2008 May Events.