Cabinet: Syria pressured Hezbollah to support Aoun’s position


aoun nasrallah 0710Al Anbaa newspaper reported on Thursday that the Syrian regime pressured Hezbollah to support the position of its ally Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun over the cabinet formation issue.

Hezbollah reportedly in turn pressured its ally Amal Movement leader Speaker Nabih Berri to support Aoun’s position and undertook to work out the differences between him and Aoun the report added

Amal Movement MP Ali Khreis did confirm to the newspaper that his party will support whatever position Hezbollah will take.

Berri has been opposed to giving the finance portfolio to Aoun,” according to MTV

Aoun has reportedly been obstructing the formation of the new cabinet by rejecting the rotation of ministerial portfolios and insisting on retaining the energy and telecommunications ministries.

Hezbollah was reportedly trying to convince Aoun to change his position on these 2 issues, after former PM Saad Hariri offered to join Hezbollah in a new cabinet.

Prime Minister-designate Tammam on Wednesday met with President Michel Suleiman at the Baabda Palace to discuss “the latest developments in the cabinet formation process,” National News Agency reported.