Andraos: Surely Hezbollah chief considers Aoun insane


Antoine Andraos, former Lebanese MP and current vice president of the Future Movement, said on Saturday surely Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah considers Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun insane”just like we all do” .

During an interview with Future TV he said Nasrallah’s group “is taking advantage of [Aoun’s] insanity in order to reach [its] goals.”

Andraous criticized Aoun’s statements on Friday in which he said that the newly appointed Labor Minister, Judge Salim Jreissati “has become the primary law officer appointed in the cabinet.”

“If Jreissati is the primary law officer then what role does Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi play in the cabinet?” Andraous asked.

Al-Joumhouria newspaper reported on Saturday that the decision to appoint Jreissati as the new Labor Minister to replace former minister Charbel Nahhas was made by Hezbollah and approved by Aoun, despite the fact that Aoun had 2 other candidates in mind ( Joseph Jreissati and Nadim Latif.)

The daily noted that Jreissati is still part of the Hezbollah’s legal team, adding that he also “played a role in devising the so-called new Syrian constitution.”

According to observers Hezbollah will now have its own representative inside the cabinet to fight STL because Jreissati will serve as the opponent of the UN backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon STL.

Observers criticized President Michel Suleiman and Prime minister Nagib Mikati for rushing to sign decree 7609 approving Jreissati as the new Labor minister.

Jreissati currently provides the defense lawyers who were appointed by STL to defend the four Hezbollah members.

Eight defense lawyers were named by STL to represent the four Hezbollah members indicted by the STL in the murder of former PM Rafik Hariri

Jreissati told al-Manar television on Friday that Aoun’s choice to appoint him as minister was a “strategic one”. This was interpreted by observers as ” Hezbollah made the decision for Aoun”.