Former MP Misbah al-Ahdab said on Wednesday that the people of Tripoli feel betrayed and cheated by figures they voted for who pledged to follow a certain direction and then changed course.
Ahdab who gave up his Tripoli seat in favor of Prime Minister Najib Mikati may be referring to former PM Saad Hariri’s interview with MTV on Tuesday night in which he criticized Mikati and Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi accusing them of betraying him and the Lebanese people.
Both Safadi and Mikati were allied with Hariri in the 2009 elections and were elected by March 14 voters. They both defected when Mikati was nominated by the Iranian and Syrian backed Hezbollah to be the PM designate.
The former PM said Tuesday night :
– I want to ask Minister of Finance Mohammad Safadi who backed Mikati , what did March 14 do to you?
– Is Mikati’s vow to commit to the STL written down clearly in his government’s Ministerial Statement?
– When I said on March 13 that I was betrayed, I was honestly referring to Safadi and Mikati and actually Lebanon and the Lebanese people were betrayed.
– The most important thing for me is honesty. I do not have a personal problem with Mikati, but today the current cabinet is that of Hezbollah and carries out the project of the party , and Mikati is the head of the government.
– When we were allied with Mikati in Tripoli [during the 2009 parliamentary elections], did we ally on the basis that we want the truth in Rafik Hariri’s murder ‘in principal’ ? A possible reference to the wording of the ministerial statement about the cabinet’s ‘ in principal’ commitment to STL
– “The decision to bring down Saad Hariri from the premiership was made by two people: Nasrallah and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Mikati is only serving as a tool.”