Hezbollah: March 14 decided to overthrow Mikati’s cabinet


Hezbollah MP Nawwaf Moussawi said on Saturday that the March 14 coalition has decided to overthrow Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati’s cabinet before it is formed, regardless of who the ministers are and what the Ministerial Statement would be like.

March 14’s only aim is to either “control and dominate or sabotage and obstruct,” National News Agency quoted Moussawi as saying.

The Iranian and Syrian -backed Hezbollah brought down PM Saad 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

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.

March 14 parties have announced that they will not take part in the cabinet Mikati is currently forming, and Hariri vowed to fight the use of non-state weapons “peacefully and democratically.”

A dispute between FPM leader MP Michel Aoun , Mikati and president Michel Suleiman is reportedly delaying the cabinet formation.