MP Al-Qadiri: Hariri is the only candidate for PM


March 14 MP Ziad al-Qadiri said on Saturday: “Prime Minister Saad Hariri is the only candidate to head the next cabinet as the prime minister. ” He added: “Any talk about refusing Saad Hariri’s nomination is irresponsible and will lead to sectarian tension, which we reject,” National News Agency (NNA) quoted him as saying.

Commenting on the reason behind the collapse of the government he said:

“Justice shall prevail with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).”

Lebanon’s government is dissolved when more than one third of its 30 cabinet members resign, and on Wednesday all 10 ministers belonging to the Iranian backed Hezbollah-led opposition announced their resignations. Hours later, they were joined by an eleventh minister representing Lebanese president Michel Suleiman, forcing the collapse of PM Saad Hariri’s government.

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.

Hezbollah asked MP Michel Aoun to announce on Tuesday the failure of the Saudi-Syrian initiative and to blame March 14 alliance for the failure.

“The Lebanese president will begin consultations with lawmakers at 12:00 p.m. on Monday January 17 to designate a new prime minister”, parliament speaker Nabih Berri said after meeting President Michel Suleiman at the Baabda palace .

Former Lebanese premier and current Future Movement parliamentary bloc leader MP Fouad Siniora, told Al Arabiya TV on Wednesday evening : “Based on all available data there is no substitute for Saad Hariri to head the new government.”

Hezbollah according to reports has someone else in mind to lead the new government . Hezbollah MP Mohammed Raad unveiled on Thursday that the March 8 forces will name a personality with a history of national resistance to head the new government . Raad told reporters after meeting former President Emile Lahoud in response to a question on who will that be : “A personality with a national resistance biography, ” Raad said.

Reports circulated yesterday that March 8 coalition MPs will nominate for the premiership Former Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Mrad , a staunch ally of Syria .