March 14 warns Suleiman against siding with Hezbollah


March 14 leaders warned Lebanese president Michel Suleiman that he would suffer from the consequences of their campaign against the newly formed cabinet if he takes sides, An Nahar reported on Sunday , adding that  the new opposition urged the president to be neutral.

This comes after , the president criticized March 14 for launching an attack on the new cabinet as soon as it was formed

Suleiman also claimed that March 14 politicians ended their support to him .

Suleiman reportedly believes that March 14 stopped supporting him when it decided to boycott the cabinet.

Suleiman reportedly also believes that March 14 prevented some of its members from participating in PM Najib Mikati’s government , a possible reference to former president Amin Gemayel who discussed participating in a national unity cabinet , but Hezbollah reportedly rejected his conditions.

March 14 on the other hand criticized Suleiman for declaring that the cabinet as ‘made in Lebanon’ saying this should have been left for Hezbollah and Mikati to say .

Last week, Suleiman declared in an interview that the government was 100 percent Lebanese and was not formed through a Syrian green light.

The March 14 leaders confirmed that they would continue their campaign against the cabinet and mainly Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun , Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and the illegal arms .

The newly formed cabinet includes 18 ministers out of 30 who are either Hezbollah members or allies the other 12 ministers were allocated to the so called centrist bloc which includes 3 for the president , 6 for PM Mikati and 3 for MP Walid Jumblatt.

Jumblatt’s share of 3 ministers was included in the so called centrist bloc , but according to observers Hezbollah considers Jumblatt its ally too and thus it controls his share too . Including Jumblatt in the share of Mikati and Suleiman was reportedly a ploy intended to cover up Hezbollah’s control of the government .

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