March 14 MP Atef Majdalani told Sada al-Balad newspaper that the cabinet has already been formed by Hezbollah but is awaiting green light from Syria.
“Hezbollah has the line-up of the new cabinet which is awaiting Damascus’ green light to be announced, and everything we’re hearing about names and obstacles is only aimed at covering up that fact.” he said
His statement comes after Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati denied any Syrian interference in the process of forming a new Lebanese cabinet .
“Syria has never interfered,” Miqati told An Nahar newspaper in remarks published Monday.
Mikati is reportedly closely linked to Syrian president Bashar al Assad . It was Assad who reportedly nominated Mikati and Hezbollah agreed after getting assurance from him that he will protect the resistance.
According to informed sources, both Syria and Iran are awaiting the outcome of the uprisings in the region. The sources revealed that FPM Leader Michel Aoun’s excessive demands are being used by Iran, Syria and Hezbollah as a facade in the delay of the formation . . Aoun has reportedly been demanding 12 out of the 30 cabinet seats, but will settle for less.
The Iranian and Syrian -backed Hezbollah brought down Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) imminent indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005
Nagib Mikati was appointed in January as the PM designate with the backing of the Hezbollah March 8 alliance and MPs Walid Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi following the collapse of Hariri’s unity government. March 14 leaders have repeatedly said that intimidation from Hezbollah’s weapons helped secure the parliamentary majority for Mikati’s nomination.
Jumblatt and his PSP parliament members reportedly switched allegiance to Hezbollah’s PM candidate, following threats by Hezbollah.
Jumblatt, Mikati and Safadi were all elected on March 14 electoral tickets during the 2009 parliamentary elections.
Hezbollah is now claiming the parliament majority