Siniora: Mikati is definitely Hezbollah’s candidate


Former prime minister and current Lebanon First bloc leader MP Fouad Siniora said we will have to wait and see if future actions of Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati will be unbiased or not but stressed that Mikati is definitely Hezbollah’s candidate following his protocol meeting with him.

This was a possible response to the statement made by Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah who said yesterday during a TV appearance via video link: “Saying that he ( Mikati) is Hezbollah’s candidate is a sectarian incitement.”

When asked if the Future Movement will participate in the cabinet to be formed by Mikati, Siniora said, “we will make the suitable decisions at the suitable time.”

The protocol dictates that the PM-designate should meet and consult with former prime ministers prior to forming the cabinet .

In addition to Siniora Mikati visited the following former prime ministers outgoing PM Saad Hariri , Rashid el Solh, Omar Karami and Michel Aoun as part of the protocol

Mikati, backed by Hezbollah and its March 8 allies , was appointed Tuesday by president Michel Suleiman as PM-designate to form and head the next cabinet , giving Hezbollah and its allies increased leverage in the country and provoking widespread protests.

“Whoever killed Rafik Hariri in 2005 doesn’t want Saad Hariri to be in power,” Hariri said Wednesday during an interview with the New York Times, in reference to Hezbollah which is backed by Iran and Syria.

“What’s happening today is that they are trying to achieve what they wanted to achieve in 2005,” Hariri added in reference to the coup that brought down his government

Mikati did confirm yesterday that he was nominated to protect Hezbollah. He told AFP on Tuesday : “My nomination by Hezbollah does not make me committed to any political stance other than protecting the Resistance.” This was a possible reference to Hezbollah’s five point plan.

Hezbollah brought down Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s ( STL) indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005 .

According to analysts the issue in Lebanon is not who is Mikati as much as how did Mikati get nominated and by whom