Aridi: This cabinet more politicized than Hariri’s


Public Works and Transportation Minister Ghazi Aridi said in an interview published on Monday that the current government is more politicized than the previous one headed by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

“There were many problems in Saad Hariri’s government, but issues were not politicized as much as they are today,” Aridi told Al-Balad newspaper.

“Hariri made a big mistake by not taking up his responsibilities when his government became a caretaking government.” He said

“I tried to convince him to, but could not,” Aridi also said, adding that “when former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora was a caretaking PM he carried out his work until the last moment.”

Aridi also questioned “what Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s position will be if the cabinet votes against the funding of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.”

“Will he respect the vote and the institutions, or will he resign?”

Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the UN-backed court in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. However, the Shia group strongly denied the charges and refuses to cooperate with the court. PM Najib Mikati has repeatedly voiced Lebanon’s commitment to the tribunal.

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