Hezbollah-led alliance gives ultimatum to Lebanon PM, President

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Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television reported on Tuesday that the March 8 coalition had given President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Saad Hariri 24 hours to convene a cabinet meeting or it would take action on its own, according to AFP.

A March 8 delegation – including Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, Amal Movement MP Ali Hassan Khalil, Energy Minister Gebran Bassil and Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s aide Hussein Khalil – headed to Baabda Palace Tuesday to meet with the president.

After their Baabda meeting the Hezbollah-led March 8 forces met at Rabiyah to discuss the next move.

Following their Rabiyah meeting Hezbollah Minister Mohammad Fneish spoke on behalf of the March 8 opposition and told the media:

“After we positively dealt with the Syrian-Saudi initiative and provided it with chances of success, it unfortunately reached a dead end due to U.S. meddling and the other camp’s failure to find a solution.”

He added: “Out of our keenness on not letting the country continue to suffer the current paralysis, we contacted the president, who in turn said he will contact the premier.”

Fneish said the march 8 opposition will take the appropriate decision based on the answer they will receive from the premier.

Fneish added : “If tonight or tomorrow morning the cabinet was called to convene, we would resolve all the issues during the session.”

Fneish continued : “The president is required, as the first keeper of the Constitution, to perform his role in activating the work of state institutions and to call on the premier to hold a cabinet session.”

Fneish said that March 8 opposition will meet again tomorrow, following which they will announce their decision.

The Lebanese cabinet has not convened since December 18 due to a dispute between March 8 and March 14 ministers over the issue of the so called “false witnesses” who reportedly gave unreliable testimonies to the international probe into former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s 2005 murder.

Saudi and Syrian officials have reportedly been working on a compromise that would resolve tensions in Lebanon over the imminent Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) indictment . Reports say that the STL may soon indict Hezbollah members in its investigation of the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri, father of Saad the current prime minister.

PM Hariri said during an interview with the Al-Hayat newspaper that was published on Friday that the Saudi-Syrian (S-S) agreement on reducing tension in Lebanon had been finalized a long time ago, even before King Abdullah , traveled to New York for the treatment but blamed Hezbollah and its March 8 allies for not living up to their end of the deal.

Hariri also said : “ I will not implement any commitment I made before the other party ( read Hezbollah) implements what it said it would commit to and added ‘anything else is an attempt to sabotage the Saudi-Syrian efforts.”

” This is the major base of the Syrian-Saudi efforts”. Hariri stressed.

Hariri said he decided to break his months-long silence to defend the Saudi-Syrian process against a campaign aimed at distorting it. “I have kept silent for months. Now, I have broken silence just because I am responsible and concerned with protecting this process in the interest of the country and its stability.”

Hariri did not reveal the details of the Saudi-Syrian deal, but his political adviser, Mohammad Shatah, said during an interview on Friday that the Saudi-Syrian deal is aimed at achieving stability in Lebanon, by taking specific steps to reduce political tension, such as restoring contacts between Lebanese factions, ensuring that state institutions return to serving the public and following up on the issue of Lebanese-Syrian ties.

MP Michel Aoun announced today during a press conference that the Saudi-Syrian initiative has failed and blamed March 14 alliance for its failure

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  1. Fauzia45 Avatar

    The different scenarios have begun!!

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    The different scenarios have begun!!

  3. nabilabuzaid Avatar
    nabilabuzaid

    So Hezbollah, Syria and Iran kill Lebanese leaders and choke Lebanon in general. They don’t even ask for forgivness. They want us to let it go and shove the matter under the carpet. Or just blame Israel for all our killings and Syria never hurt or killed any Lebanese and so is their allies Hezbollah. You won’t Hariri just to give up on the killers of his father? or you want all the people who suffered the losses of friends and relatives just to let it go and keep the status quo as is? Hezbollah won’t give up anything and they want us to submit their will. Or if we don’t the either we die or be under hezbollah house arrest.. They want the President to do his duties when they feel he’s not on their side. But he’s doing his duty and I hope Hezbollah will not gamble and try to take over the country. This time it will be in for a big surprise and it will submerge the country in chaos. therefore the winners will be Syria and Israel and especially Israel. In the End you can’t blame some people in March 14th to have Hezbollah eliminated because they’re afraid for their lives.. They blame MP Murr for his statments on Wikileaks but they forgot they’re tried to assasinate him? although even though they tried he was not smart in saying what he said before.
    But again can you blame March 14th if the wish Israel or anybody eliminate Hezbollah because Hezbollah want to give them ultimatum to submit to their will or face death and destruction? what do you really expect? in the end its going to be either you or I? the hell with this resistance and the hell with Hezbollah, Syria, Iran and Israel. I hope you all rot in Hell and take al Qaada with you.

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    So Hezbollah, Syria and Iran kill Lebanese leaders and choke Lebanon in general. They don’t even ask for forgivness. They want us to let it go and shove the matter under the carpet. Or just blame Israel for all our killings and Syria never hurt or killed any Lebanese and so is their allies Hezbollah. You won’t Hariri just to give up on the killers of his father? or you want all the people who suffered the losses of friends and relatives just to let it go and keep the status quo as is? Hezbollah won’t give up anything and they want us to submit their will. Or if we don’t the either we die or be under hezbollah house arrest.. They want the President to do his duties when they feel he’s not on their side. But he’s doing his duty and I hope Hezbollah will not gamble and try to take over the country. This time it will be in for a big surprise and it will submerge the country in chaos. therefore the winners will be Syria and Israel and especially Israel. In the End you can’t blame some people in March 14th to have Hezbollah eliminated because they’re afraid for their lives.. They blame MP Murr for his statments on Wikileaks but they forgot they’re tried to assasinate him? although even though they tried he was not smart in saying what he said before.
    But again can you blame March 14th if the wish Israel or anybody eliminate Hezbollah because Hezbollah want to give them ultimatum to submit to their will or face death and destruction? what do you really expect? in the end its going to be either you or I? the hell with this resistance and the hell with Hezbollah, Syria, Iran and Israel. I hope you all rot in Hell and take al Qaada with you.

  5. Lebanon89 Avatar

    oh the horror! evil evil opposition, who wants to separate religion and state, who wants to make the old apathetic ruling class act like public offices are actual jobs! Oh my! What’s next? The thieving corrupt governments inherited from colonial times might have to retire, to a museum, and make room for people who represent the high educated Lebanese population. The horror! Don’t get me wrong, I have my cultural differences with Hezbollah, but the real danger is the old oppressive ruling class that provoked such groups to dissent from Lebanon’s democracy. The Lebanese Patriotic party is now righting that wrong, and if everyone got their heads out of colonial times, they would be convinced that Lebanese patriots are pro-Lebanon, not pro-Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, US, Israel, or any self-righteous colonizer.

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    oh the horror! evil evil opposition, who wants to separate religion and state, who wants to make the old apathetic ruling class act like public offices are actual jobs! Oh my! What’s next? The thieving corrupt governments inherited from colonial times might have to retire, to a museum, and make room for people who represent the high educated Lebanese population. The horror! Don’t get me wrong, I have my cultural differences with Hezbollah, but the real danger is the old oppressive ruling class that provoked such groups to dissent from Lebanon’s democracy. The Lebanese Patriotic party is now writing that wrong, and if everyone go their heads out of colonial times, you would be convinced that Lebanese patriots are pro-Lebanon, not pro-Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, US, Israel, or any self0righteous colonizer.

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