MP Mohammed Raad, who heads up Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc stressed Monday that the country needs “real consensus and understanding over the meaning of national partnership ” and claimed that “the Resistance is creating and preserving security” in Lebanon.
“The country needs real consensus and understanding over the meaning of national partnership in governance and citizenship, because ambiguity in this issue would lead to confusion and obstruct all the solutions to our problems and crises,” Raad, said.
“Amid all this clamor and malicious political practices, the Resistance is distancing itself and focusing on protecting these pettish parties in our country and all citizens regardless of their sects and affiliations, and on protecting the sovereignty of the country that we are living in,” Raad added.
“The Resistance is ready and is improving its readiness amid all this suffering,” the MP added.
Turning to the Israeli threat, Raad said “only the Resistance’s readiness is stopping Israel from waging a war against Lebanon and the region.”
“The Resistance is creating and preserving security and stability, although it does not claim that it is doing so without understanding and cooperation with our Lebanese army and security agencies. However, it is doing so regardless of the political atmosphere that is stuck in the minds of some of this country’s political class,” the lawmaker said.
Hezbollah’s ally the Free Patriotic Movement has suspended its participation in the cabinet sessions and national dialogue meetings over accusations that other parties in the country are not respecting the National Pact.
Hezbollah expressed solidarity with the FPM by boycotting last Thursday’s cabinet session.
The 1943 National Pact is an unwritten agreement that set the foundations of modern Lebanon as a multi-confessional state based on Christian-Muslim partnership.
Raad’s comments about real partnership were ridiculed by several political analysts specially because Hezbollah has been accused of being behind the obstruction of the election of a Lebanese president .
Hussein Ali , a Lebanese political analyst told Ya Libnan: “The last one who should be talking about real partnership is Hezbollah. Look what happened in 2006 , the party unilaterally decided to go to war against Israel , a war which devastated Lebanon and in 2013 it decided to send its fighters to Syria to support its dictator Bashar al Assad despite the Baabda declaration which called for isolating Lebanon from the Syrian conflict”
The Lebanese parliament failed again last Wednesday and for the 44th time in a row to elect a president to replace Michel Suleiman whose term ended on May 25 , 2014.
As in the past sessions the parliament was unable to reach a quorum because the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militant group and its ally MP Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc MPs boycotted the session, because they could not reportedly guarantee Aoun’s election as a president.
Amal Movement leader, Speaker Nabih Berri a key ally of Hezbollah postponed the election to September 28.
Aoun and Marada Movement leader Sleiman Frangieh are the 2 main candidates for president and both are key members in the Hezbollah led March 8 alliance.
Aoun is backed by Hezbollah and the Lebanese Forces , while Frangieh is mainly supported by the Future Movement and the Progressive Socialist Party.