SSNP opposed to a Lebanon Technocrat cabinet, report


Syrian Social Nationalist Party (SSNP) MP Marwan Fares on Sunday voiced his opposition to a Lebanese cabinet of technocrats, saying that “politicians are also educated.”

“The resistance is the only way to reach sovereignty and independence; it is the path towards Palestine,” the National News Agency quoted him as saying.

“The Resistance and its arms are the nation’s pride.” He added

SSNP is closely associated with Syria and Hezbollah

The Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hezbollah brought down PM Saad Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s imminent indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005

Nagib Mikati, who was backed by Hezbollah and its March 8 allies including MP Walid Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi, was appointed on January 25 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 protest.

Mikati, Jumblatt, Safadi and their blocs were all elected on March 14 electoral lists during the 2009 parliamentary elections

Mikati who has failed so in forming a cabinet reportedly prefers a government of technocrats

According to local reports Mikati is facing many obstacles in forming the government

1- The number one obstacle is reportedly Free Patriotic Movement’s leader MP Michel Aoun due to his continued insistence of acquiring the interior ministry portfolio from President Michel Suleiman.

2- The issue of a blocking minority and who should get it . Some support granting it to Mikati and Suleiman, while others are demanding that it should be granted to Mikati, Suleiman, and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat.

3-Mikati’s insisting on naming the individuals who will man the various ministries