Hezbollah wants the new PM to back the resistance


Nawwaf moussawiA Hezbollah MP commented Thursday on the upcoming parliamentary consultations for naming the new prime minister-designate by saying that the new PM must back the principle of the resistance.

“Any prime minister that will be named must take into account the principle of the resistance [Hezbollah] ” MP Nawaf Musawi said

President Michel Suleiman has set April 5 to April 6 as dates for holding parliamentary consultations for the naming of a prime minister designate, who will form the next government according to LBC.

Hezbollah, which was credited with liberating Lebanese territories from Israel in 2000 was a very popular organization in Lebanon and throughout the Arab world. But according to analysts ever since its 2006 war with Israel, Hezbollah has become a huge liability for Lebanon. In 2006 Hezbollah’s arms were used to try and bring down the government of former PM Fouad Siniora. In 2008 Hezbollah pointed its guns against the Lebanese people when it occupied more than half of Beirut and tried but failed to occupy Mt Lebanon . In 2011 it brought down the government of former PM Saad Hariri and reportedly used its arms to force progressive socialist party leader MP Walid Jumblatt and his parliamentary bloc to vote for their candidate Nagib Mikati as the new premier . Last week the government of PM Mikati collapsed after Hezbollah refused to extend the term of the Internal Security Forces chief. Hezbollah’s current support for the Syrian regime in its brutal crackdown against the pro democracy uprising and its recent involvement in terror operations in Bulgaria and Cyprus are additional concerns for the Lebanese people, analysts say.

Today one Hezbollah member was sentenced to jail in Cyprus for four years.