Hariri refuses to serve under Hezbollah named PM

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri refused to serve in a new coalition led by a nominee of Hezbollah as parties began negotiations on Monday to form a government in which the Shi’ite group now has the upper hand.

Lebanon was plunged into political crisis after Hezbollah and its allies walked out of Hariri’s unity government on January 12 in a dispute over still confidential indictments by a U.N.-backed tribunal which is investigating the 2005 killing of statesman Rafik al-Hariri, the premier’s father.

Hariri has stayed on in the interim and hoped to form a new coalition. But a switch in allegiances by Druze leader Walid Jumblatt has made it more likely that a Hezbollah-backed prime minister would be able to command a majority in parliament.

Hariri, a Sunni Muslim who has support from the United States and Saudi Arabia, said his supporters would not serve under a premier chosen by the Iranian-backed Shi’ite group.

“The Future Movement … rejects taking part in any government headed by a March 8 candidate,” his office said in a statement on Monday. The March 8 bloc includes Shi’ite movements Hezbollah and Amal, along with Christian leader Michel Aoun.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has offered to accept any group within a cabinet led by Najib Mikati, a Sunni businessman and politician, whose name has been floated by the March 8 block as prime minister — a post reserved under Lebanon’s constitution for a member of the Sunni community.

Jumblatt offered his clear backing to Mikati on Monday, the first of two-days of negotiations on a new government.

The collapse of Hariri’s government and political deadlock since then has deepened sectarian divisions in Lebanon and the prospect of a government formed by Hezbollah will alarm Israel, which fought month-long war with the militant group in 2006.

Regional powers Saudi Arabia, Syria, Qatar and Turkey have failed to convince Lebanese leaders to agree to a compromise, and Hezbollah and its allies say no amount of international pressure would force them to accept Hariri’s leadership again.

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The tension has pushed up the cost of insuring Lebanon’s debt against restructuring or default to an 18-month high of 367 points. But Lebanese stocks rallied on Monday, rising 2.0 percent, led by gains in real estate firm Solidere which has led the reconstruction of Beirut since Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war.

The indictments at the heart of the latest dispute between Hezbollah and Hariri were filed secretly this month at a U.N.-backed court in The Hague. They are expected to accuse members of Hezbollah, which denies any role in the killing and says the tribunal is serving U.S. and Israeli interests.

Politicians allied to Hezbollah have said the first priority of a government they form would be to cut links with the court.

After meeting President Michel Suleiman on Monday, Mikati said that he would reach out to all parties in Lebanon if he were chosen. “I tell Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, we are all one hand for the sake of Lebanon,” he told reporters.

Mikati served as caretaker prime minister in April 2005, when an outcry over Rafik Hariri’s death forced Syria to withdraw its troops from Lebanon. He served for three months until an election, which Saad Hariri’s coalition won on the back of an electoral pact with Shi’ite groups Hezbollah and Amal.

Backing from Druze leader Jumblatt, once a staunch supporter of Hariri, will give Hezbollah and its allies, who have 57 seats in parliament, a likely majority for their choice.

Hariri’s “March 14” coalition, which included Jumblatt, won a majority in the 128-seat assembly in a 2009 election.

In Lebanon’s power-sharing political system, the post of prime minister is reserved for a Sunni, the president a Maronite Christian and the speaker of parliament a Shi’ite.

Analysts say excluding Hariri from government would cause resentment in Lebanon’s Sunni population, who see him as their main leader, and possibly spark violence. Another threat could come from violent Sunni factions, close to al Qaeda’s thinking, who see Hezbollah as an arm of Shi’ite Iran.

Reuters

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63 responses to “Hariri refuses to serve under Hezbollah named PM”

  1. Miqati is “Hizbullah,” and not a “consensus” candidate. HA wants him to kill the tribunal fearing their true picture and purpose will be revealed which is of “blood-thirsty Iranian-backed tyrants who resort to extortion, threats and intimidation” in order to suppress/control the people of Lebanon.

    First off I do not care nor give a crap about Israel and hope they all rot in hell but if there is hope for salvation in Lebanon, it will only come from them. They need to finish the job properly this time and clean-out HA once and for all (and inshallah, with as little harm as possible to civilians but I find this hard to be accomplished given that these dirty scumbags will shield themselves behind innocent people….even hiding in schools using children as shields….God rid us of all of them!).

    1. nabilabuzaid Avatar
      nabilabuzaid

      I totally agree with you BigSami! God bless

    2. soulmates11 Avatar
      soulmates11

      They are not hiding behind anybody . The people you speak of our their Moms, Dads, Brothers, and sisters. They are not asking you or chicken hawks like you for anything. When Israel decides to bomb civilians that’s a matter of policy .Because they can’t go toe to toe with the people of the South.

      1. LebinTheBlood Avatar
        LebinTheBlood

        Relax Soulmates you think HA is the Saviour? wake up you moron when the persian get what they want you are the first one they will dispose of!! wake up before its too late

    3. soulmates11 Avatar
      soulmates11

      They are not hiding behind anybody . The people you speak of our their Moms, Dads, Brothers, and sisters. They are not asking you or chicken hawks like you for anything. When Israel decides to bomb civilians that’s a matter of policy .Because they can’t go toe to toe with the people of the South.

    4. soulmates11 Avatar
      soulmates11

      BigSami you must be a mental midget. Who can’t think for himself but tows the line for Fox News .

      1. Why name calling ‘soulmate’? Aibe to say the least when all I am voicing is my opinion regarding the last (and unfortunate) option that our people have. A democratic and people-driven country is what is the essence of true human freedom. Why should I sit back and watch these scum barbarians impose their rules on me and the people who never invited them to dinner? They came in with the petro-dollars of Iran on a mission to use our beloved country as a strategic fighting (war) scheme/front against Israel. Syria, the snake of them all, used HA to kill Rafik and now they are all about to be revealed in the tribunal and running scared like cowards. So if I suggest the least desired option such as Israel to rid us of such a disease, then let it be….we just want our freedom back and a true democracy run by the people for the people. If you fail to understand this, then maybe I am not the one who is mental my friend! God help our country and people!

      2. soulmates11 Avatar
        soulmates11

        Democratic is what happened today . You just don’t like it .But if American and Israeli troops landed on our shores you and the likes of you would be hailing them as heroes .While they massacre other Lebanese who happen NOT to share your views . Concerning the tribunal that you speak of. Tell me the last time the west was concerned about justice for Arabs . The answer is never . The only concern they have here is to see their plot through . From the murder of martyr Rafik Harriri to the framing of who ever stands in their way .Sami if you take your blinders off you see this plot as clear as the nose on your face .

        1. kamille1 Avatar

          what happened today is democratic??? so the international court that was formed for kosovo to try the christian killers and terrorists of serbia who massacred muslims, was formed by arabs??? looks like you have your blinds way down. and pls for once lets leave the us and isreal out of this..the headline read ” the myquati decision was made in syria”. is this really democracy? is this who you want to choose and elect your leaders?????????

    5. @BigSami
      Sick of you Arabs asking Israel to help you clean up your own mess and then hating Israel the next minute. Maybe if Lebanon would get their act together and root out their own evil, the region would be a better place.

      1. Hannibal Avatar

        You are the root of all evil. you invented religion… ๐Ÿ˜›

    6. @BigSami
      Sick of you Arabs asking Israel to help you clean up your own mess and then hating Israel the next minute. Maybe if Lebanon would get their act together and root out their own evil, the region would be a better place.

      1. Hannibal Avatar

        You are the root of all evil. you invented religion… ๐Ÿ˜›

  2.  Avatar

    Miqati as a “Hizbullah,” and not a “consensus” candidate. HA wants him to kill the tribunal fearing their true picture and purpose will be revealed which is of “blood-thirsty Iranian-backed tyrants who resort to extortion, threats and intimidation” in order to suppress/control the people of Lebanon.

    First off I do not care nor give a crap about Israel and hope they all rot in hell but if there is hope for salvation in Lebanon, it will only come from them. They need to finish the job properly this time and clean-out HA once and for all (and inshallah, with as little harm as possible to civilians but I find this hard to be accomplished given that these dirty scumbags will shield themselves behind innocent people….even hiding in schools using children as shields….God rid us of all of them!).

    1.  Avatar

      I totally agree with you BigSami! God bless

    2.  Avatar

      They are not hiding behind anybody . The people you speak of our their Moms, Dads, Brothers, and sisters. They are not asking you or chicken hawks like you for anything. When Israel decides to bomb civilians that’s a matter of policy .Because they can’t go toe to toe with the people of the South.

      1.  Avatar

        Relax Soulmates you think HA is the Saviour? wake up you moron when the persian get what they want you are the first one they will dispose of!! wake up before its too late

    3.  Avatar

      BigSami you must be a mental midget. Who can’t think for himself but tows the line for Fox News .

      1.  Avatar

        Why name calling ‘soulmate’? Aibe to say the least when all I am voicing is my opinion regarding the last (and unfortunate) option that our people have. A democratic and people-driven country is what is the essence of true human freedom. Why should I sit back and watch these scum barbarians impose their rules on me and the people who never invited them to dinner? They came in with the petro-dollars of Iran on a mission to use our beloved country as a strategic fighting (war) scheme/front against Israel. Syria, the snake of them all, used HA to kill Rafik and now they are all about to be revealed in the tribunal and running scared like cowards. So if I suggest the least desired option such as Israel to rid us of such a disease, then let it be….we just want our freedom back and a true democracy run by the people for the people. If you fail to understand this, then maybe I am not the one who is mental my friend! God help our country and people!

      2.  Avatar

        Democratic is what happened today . You just don’t like it .But if American and Israeli troops landed on our shores you and the likes of you would be hailing them as heroes .While they massacre other Lebanese who happen NOT to share your views . Concerning the tribunal that you speak of. Tell me the last time the west was concerned about justice for Arabs . The answer is never . The only concern they have here is to see their plot through . From the murder of martyr Rafik Harriri to the framing of who ever stands in their way .Sami if you take your blinders off you see this plot as clear as the nose on your face .

        1.  Avatar

          what happened today is democratic??? so the international court that was formed for kosovo to try the christian killers and terrorists of serbia who massacred muslims, was formed by arabs??? looks like you have your blinds way down. and pls for once lets leave the us and isreal out of this..the headline read ” the myquati decision was made in syria”. is this really democracy? is this who you want to choose and elect your leaders?????????

    4. @BigSami
      Sick of you Arabs asking Israel to help you clean up your own mess and then hating Israel the next minute. Maybe if Lebanon would get their act together and root out their own evil, the region would be a better place.

      1. You are the root of all evil. you invented religion… ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. soulmates11 Avatar
    soulmates11

    A boy among giants . Lebanon and it’s unity is more important then one person or family. With his refusal to serve his agenda is not Lebanon but Israel and the US.

    1. kamille1 Avatar

      what unity????? there is no unity when the gun is pointed at you all the times. i hope what is going on in tripoli and other areas in lebanon right now, will last and will be the start of a real revolution..i wish i can be there.

    2. kamille1 Avatar

      what unity????? there is no unity when the gun is pointed at you all the times. i hope what is going on in tripoli and other areas in lebanon right now, will last and will be the start of a real revolution..i wish i can be there.

    3. LebinTheBlood Avatar
      LebinTheBlood

      soulmates11 your sooo right, and Hisbullah’s agenda is lebanon’s Unity Not Syria’s nor Iran’s. Get A Life, also your comments about a boy among giants, I say no one is perfect but I would rather take the Lesser of All Evil’s. I would Rather Live under American and even Israeli Rule than have to Live under the tyrants of Iran and Syria.

      1. soulmates11 Avatar
        soulmates11

        I am sure you would .Love to live under Israeli rule until you become a target of that rule .

        1. LebinTheBlood Avatar
          LebinTheBlood

          anything would be better than an HA, Syrian and Iranian Tyrants!

        2. Dude…you must have froze in time in a cave with a bunch of HA monkeys still trying to find a way to make fire. Damn!

      2. soulmates11 Avatar
        soulmates11

        I am sure you would .Love to live under Israeli rule until you become a target of that rule .

        1. LebinTheBlood Avatar
          LebinTheBlood

          anything would be better than an HA, Syrian and Iranian Tyrants!

  4.  Avatar

    A boy among giants . Lebanon and it’s unity is more important then one person or family. With his refusal to serve his agenda is not Lebanon but Israel and the US.

    1.  Avatar

      what unity????? there is no unity when the gun is pointed at you all the times. i hope what is going on in tripoli and other areas in lebanon right now, will last and will be the start of a real revolution..i wish i can be there.

    2.  Avatar

      what unity????? there is no unity when the gun is pointed at you all the times. i hope what is going on in tripoli and other areas in lebanon right now, will last and will be the start of a real revolution..i wish i can be there.

    3.  Avatar

      soulmates11 your sooo right, and Hisbullah’s agenda is lebanon’s Unity Not Syria’s nor Iran’s. Get A Life, also your comments about a boy among giants, I say no one is perfect but I would rather take the Lesser of All Evil’s. I would Rather Live under American and even Israeli Rule than have to Live under the tyrants of Iran and Syria.

      1.  Avatar

        I am sure you would .Love to live under Israeli rule until you become a target of that rule .

        1.  Avatar

          anything would be better than an HA, Syrian and Iranian Tyrants!

        2.  Avatar

          Dude…you must have froze in time in a cave with a bunch of HA monkeys still trying to find a way to make fire. Damn!

  5. josephphdman Avatar
    josephphdman

    the majority of the people want harriri the majority of people should prevail not the few

    1. soulmates11 Avatar
      soulmates11

      Wrong majority spoke and it is Not Harriri .Live with it.

      1. Hannibal Avatar

        The elections said otherwise. Guns and intimidation always ruled though. remember under the Israeli guns Lebanon’s parliament elected Bashir Gemayel. Was it the will of the people? Certainly not. HA is acting like the PLO before them, a state within a state. They are threatening with their so called resistance to intimidate and control and achieve what they could not achieve via the elections. Now do not cry when the economy goes to hell or when Al-Qaeda militants move in.
        That out of the way and off my chest let me add that all those in power and in politics are nothing but farm animals fighting over the crumbs like pigs in the mud. The days when the likes of great men like president Chamoun presided are over. All we have are bunch of thugs and thieves.

      2. LebinTheBlood Avatar
        LebinTheBlood

        what kind of Majority do u speak of Soulmates? one of Intimidation, Coercion, Death Threats? I call “Off with His Head” Jumblatt!

      3. LebinTheBlood Avatar
        LebinTheBlood

        by the way soulmates, you probably live in Canada or US, when you went out to vote did anyone have a gun to your Head? or when the PC won Minority Govt. not a Majority, did they pick any ministers from the loosing side?

  6. josephphdman Avatar
    josephphdman

    the majority of the people want harriri the majority of people should prevail not the few

    1. soulmates11 Avatar
      soulmates11

      Wrong majority spoke and it is Not Harriri .Live with it.

      1. Hannibal Avatar

        The elections said otherwise. Guns and intimidation always ruled though. remember under the Israeli guns Lebanon’s parliament elected Bashir Gemayel. Was it the will of the people? Certainly not. HA is acting like the PLO before them, a state within a state. They are threatening with their so called resistance to intimidate and control and achieve what they could not achieve via the elections. Now do not cry when the economy goes to hell or when Al-Qaeda militants move in.
        That out of the way and off my chest let me add that all those in power and in politics are nothing but farm animals fighting over the crumbs like pigs in the mud. The days when the likes of great men like president Chamoun presided are over. All we have are bunch of thugs and thieves.

      2. LebinTheBlood Avatar
        LebinTheBlood

        what kind of Majority do u speak of Soulmates? one of Intimidation, Coercion, Death Threats? I call “Off with His Head” Jumblatt!

      3. LebinTheBlood Avatar
        LebinTheBlood

        by the way soulmates, you probably live in Canada or US, when you went out to vote did anyone have a gun to your Head? or when the PC won Minority Govt. not a Majority, did they pick any ministers from the loosing side?

  7.  Avatar

    the people wat harriri the people will should prevail not the terrorrist will

    1.  Avatar

      Wrong majority spoke and it is Not Harriri .Live with it.

      1. The elections said otherwise. Guns and intimidation always ruled though. remember under the Israeli guns Lebanon’s parliament elected Bashir Gemayel. Was it the will of the people? Certainly not. HA is acting like the PLO before them, a state within a state. They are threatening with their so called resistance to intimidate and control and achieve what they could not achieve via the elections. Now do not cry when the economy goes to hell or when Al-Qaeda militants move in.
        That out of the way and off my chest let me add that all those in power and in politics are nothing but farm animals fighting over the crumbs like pigs in the mud. The days when the likes of great men like president Chamoun presided are over. All we have are bunch of thugs and thieves.

      2.  Avatar

        what kind of Majority do u speak of Soulmates? one of Intimidation, Coercion, Death Threats? I call “Off with His Head” Jumblatt!

      3.  Avatar

        by the way soulmates, you probably live in Canada or US, when you went out to vote did anyone have a gun to your Head? or when the PC won Minority Govt. not a Majority, did they pick any ministers from the loosing side?

  8. soulmates11 Avatar
    soulmates11

    I wonder how much Harriri paid those people in the street . The man is nothing but a lair and thief and both counts have been proven already.

    1. LebinTheBlood Avatar
      LebinTheBlood

      the same amount HA pays for their thugs

  9.  Avatar

    I wonder how much Harriri paid those people in the street . The man is nothing but a lair and thief and both counts have been proven already.

    1.  Avatar

      the same amount HA pays for their thugs

  10. why do all lebanese girls think they are kim kardashian?

  11. why do all lebanese girls think they are kim kardashian?

  12. Hariri stand in the face of Syrian Intimidation and killers,Syrian can’t live without Saudi money, as Iran never hand cash, Shiite are cheap peole in general not like Sunnis:)) so stand on your feet you have a mini superpower called Saudi Arabia , that if they want badly to overthrow Assad and change the whole game, maoney talk !!!!

  13. Hariri stand in the face of Syrian Intimidation and killers,Syrian can’t live without Saudi money, as Iran never hand cash, Shiite are cheap peole in general not like Sunnis:)) so stand on your feet you have a mini superpower called Saudi Arabia , that if they want badly to overthrow Assad and change the whole game, maoney talk !!!!

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