Nasrallah Says Hizbullah Not Opposed to Hariri's Designation as PM, Calls It 'Very Big Sacrifice'

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Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah confirmed Sunday that his party is not opposed to the re-designation of al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri as premier, describing the stance as a “very big sacrifice.”

“Nothing was for free. There were discussions for more than a month. They asked about the premiership should they accept to vote for General (Michel) Aoun for president,” said Nasrallah in a televised speech marking a week since the death in Syria of Hizbullah commander Hatem Hamade – referring to officials from Hariri's al-Mustaqbal Movement.

“They received an answer from General Aoun and from (Free Patriotic Movement chief) Mr. Jebran Bassil and yet they insisted on asking us and hearing from us and we told them that we do not mind,” Nasrallah added.

“This a huge decision at all the political and psychological levels. Some parties are saying that they are offering sacrifices and I would also like to announce that we are offering a very big sacrifice when we say that we are not opposed to the appointment of ex-PM Saad Hariri as premier,” Hizbullah's chief went on to say.

He described Hariri's official endorsement of Aoun's nomination as an “important development” that “largely paves the way for holding the presidential election in a realistic manner.”

“Hariri's endorsement speech carried escalation and attacks against us but we will not respond now and we will focus on the positive side,” Nasrallah added.

“Everything can be addressed through dialogue and it will be addressed through dialogue,” Hizbullah's leader stressed.

Commenting on recent media reports, Nasrallah added: “I stress that none of the allies and rivals is thinking of chaos and civil war and what was attributed to AMAL Movement's leadership in this regard is baseless and has been categorically denied.”

As for AMAL's concerns regarding the FPM-Mustaqbal agreements that preceded Hariri's endorsement of Aoun, Nasrallah emphasized that “no one in Lebanon is thinking of establishing a bilateral form of power-sharing on a political, sectarian or two-party level.”

“Everyone in Lebanon realizes that Lebanon cannot be run and that it does not bear to be run by any bilateral agreement, no matter what any two parties might represent, but some indications have stirred concerns and we must all address these points of concern,” he said.

As for political calls that Hizbullah should press its allies to endorse Aoun's nomination, Nasrallah added: “We do not order or pressure our allies and they do what they are convinced of.”

“After Hariri's declaration, we started exerting efforts with our allies and we will continue that and we're looking forward to a calm and reasonable election,” he said.

And lamenting that “some parties are trying to stir discord between us and the FPM, between us and AMAL, and between us and Marada Movement,” Nasrallah underlined that the Hizbullah-AMAL relation is “deeper, stronger and firmer than being affected by all these bad fabrications that some have resorted to.”

“We sit together with Speaker (Nabih) Berri and we discuss the things that we disagree on. We understand Speaker Berri's stances and he understands our stances. We will vote for Aoun in the presidential election session and AMAL might vote for someone else. This is not a distribution of roles but is rather called 'allies who respect each other',” Nasrallah added.

“Our electoral choices will not affect our good ties,” he stressed.

Addressing FPM's supporters, Nasrallah called on them not to believe those who are saying that Hizbullah “does not want Aoun for the presidency,” in an apparent reference to Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.

“Our commitment to General Michel Aoun's nomination is final. The Loyalty to Resistance bloc will attend the session and all the members will vote for General Aoun,” Nasrallah emphasized.

As for Syria, Nasrallah reiterated that the Aleppo battle is “decisive for the entire region because it will have military, strategic and political repercussions.”

“No one ordered us to go to Syria and we went there after a comprehensive and extensive analysis,” he said.

“The battle in which the martyr Alaa (Hatem Hamade) was martyred is still ongoing and we will maintain our presence in it,” Nasrallah added.

Hizbullah's chief also stressed that his party's fighters will not "return to Lebanon" before "achieving victory in Syria."

Berri, who has openly declared that he opposes the election of Aoun, has pledged that his bloc will take part in the October 31 electoral session and that he will not try to strip the meeting of its quorum.

Berri's aides have accused Aoun and Hariri of striking a “bilateral” agreement that would marginalize Shiites in power, allegations that Aoun and his movement have denied.

Aoun was tipped to become president after Hariri formally endorsed his nomination on Thursday.

Lebanon has been without a president since the term of Michel Suleiman ended in May 2014 and Hizbullah, Aoun's Change and Reform bloc and some of their allies have been boycotting the parliament's electoral sessions, stripping them of the needed quorum.

Hariri had launched an initiative in late 2015 to nominate Hizbullah's ally and Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh for the presidency but his proposal was met with reservations from the country's main Christian parties as well as Hizbullah.

The supporters of Aoun's presidential bid have argued that he is more eligible than Franjieh to become president due to the size of his parliamentary bloc and his bigger influence in the Christian community.

Comments 25
Thumb justin 23 October 2016, 17:09

تناقلت صفحات موالية لـ "حزب الله" اللبناني، خبر مقتل 4 عناصر من صفوفها خلال اشتباكات مع فصائل الثوار جنوبي حلب، فيما بلغ عدد قتلى الحزب شهر تشرين الأول الحالي 12 قتيلاً، إضافة إلى العديد من الجرحى.

وبحسب هذه الصفحات، العناصر الذين قتلوا هم (ضاهر عبد الحق المصري من بلدة حور تعلا البقاعية، وعباس فياض نعمة من بلدة محرونة الجنوبية، ومحسن علي الموسوي من بلدة نبي الشيث البقاعية، وحسين علي حلاوي من بلدة قعقعية الجسر الجنوبية).

http://orient-news.net/ar/news_show/125657/0/حلب-مقبرة-حزب-الله-قتلى-وخسائر-جديدة

Thumb Mystic 23 October 2016, 23:07

We are even prepared to live together, even though Hariri smeared and talked garbage about the Resistance on several occassions this year.

This is the sacrifice the Sayed talks about, Hariri is accepted as Premier so he can represent Saudi Arabia and Tripoli.
The sharing of power is what makes us live together, so stop talking and whining about the Resistance taking power An Nahar.

Thumb fadi_albeiruti 24 October 2016, 02:48

Another dead Syrian/Iranian bootlicking slave to add to your avatar, and when is your turbaned coward rat that you call your leader is gonna come out the sewer, if this bearded slave believe in Assad so much why doesn't he go and fight in Aleppo himself, it's taking the Iraqis, Afghanis, Pakistanis, Lebanese slaves,Iranians and the Syrians not to mention the mighty Russians and they still can't touch a poorly equipped rebels, had it not been for Russia the Syrian rebels would've been pissing in the same sewer the bearded coward is hiding in in Dahieh long ago, and with all that, Assad will still be removed from power and hung by his testicals.

Thumb janoubi 24 October 2016, 08:57

what sacrifice! You have been shoving the edict that not electing Aoun who supposedly represents the largest Christian group contravenes with the national pact and co-existence. Hariri like it or not represents the largest parliamentary and Sunni block in the country. You cannot have your cake and eat it too. So, take your sacrifices to Syria and stay there.

Default-user-icon the-roar (Guest) 24 October 2016, 07:58

As a Christian, I want to thank Sayid Hassan for protecting us from the dangers surrounding Lebanon and for allowing us to have our own churches and allowing us to express our opinions freely.

The Christians and the Shias are basically one religion, same vision for Lebanon, and have the same sense of fashion.

Thumb Hayek.Feghali.Abdelatif 23 October 2016, 17:24

Nasrallah: No one ordered us to go to Syria and we went there after a comprehensive and extensive analysis. It was necessary to bolster our presence in Aleppo with senior leaders, topped by the martyr “Alaa”, who was about to make a military achievement when he was martyred while fighting on the front lines.

Syria’s foreign minister Walid Al Muallem warned on Saturday that any foreign troops entering his country would “return home in wooden coffins"’
February 6, 2016

Thumb justin 23 October 2016, 17:33

i thought they were "invited" to go there;))

Thumb Hayek.Feghali.Abdelatif 23 October 2016, 17:28

Which Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah should we believe, Nasrallah #1 or Nasrallah #2

#1 Nasrallah: No one ordered us to go to Syria and we went there after a comprehensive and extensive analysis.

#2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWjgln7EBU0

Thumb justin 23 October 2016, 17:32

rofl

Default-user-icon mustapha o. ghalayini (Guest) 23 October 2016, 17:56

we can confirm that aoun/hariri will be president and prime minister

Thumb eagledawn 23 October 2016, 18:01

The day this iranian sectarian terrorist is brutally murdered is the day we celebrate our independence.

Thumb galaxy 23 October 2016, 18:32

Nasrallah: We sit together with Speaker Berri and we discuss the things that we disagree on. We understand Speaker Berri's stances and he understands our stances.

Not even in Switzerland you would find this level of civilized behavior.

But with his opponents who are not shia, he takes a different role:

Qassem stressed that the only way to Baabda is through electing Aoun as at the president

“The days have proved that there is a specific path for the presidency. Those who want to elect a president have only one route to take and it leads to General Michel Aoun,” Qassem said.

I bet he did not say that to Berri:)

http://yalibnan.com/2016/09/18/hezbollah-admits-being-behind-obstruction-of-lebanon-presidential-election/

Thumb beiruti 23 October 2016, 18:54

So much cat and mouse. Hezbollah's game to paralyze Lebanese State Institutions by promoting the Aoun Candidacy as the poison pill that no one would swallow has played for over 2 years. The first to see the game was Geagea who broke precedent and gave his support to Aoun, killing two birds with one stone. First, he exposed the hypocrisy of Hezbollah and second he stuck back at Hariri for giving his backing to Frangieh, who Geagea cannot tolerate.
Hariri suffered for his Frangieh gambit by taking a terrible loss in the Tripoli municipal elections to Rifi and Mikati and business was poor too. He needed to get back to the PM office and Aoun seemed the only way with Geagea's endorsement giving him political cover, he went for it, and put Hezbollah in the corner, isolated.

Thumb libanaisresilient 23 October 2016, 19:47

@beiruti and his positivist "analysis"... I'm sorry to inform you but Nashrallah is bluffing and your Dear Fellow Hariri will not be appointed to the premiership.

Thumb beiruti 23 October 2016, 18:59

Hariri's people, however gave Nasrallah a chance to save face when they said that they would attend but submit a blank paper rather than voting for Aoun.
So now Hezbollah, seeking to avoid isolation, which is death in Lebanese politics swore to vote for Aoun with their every ballot. Now the party isolated in AMAL for opposing the trend and moving to the Opposition and out of government which is death to Berri who thrives on milking the ministries for his zilm.
It is a paradigm of the power of the Christian parties in Lebanon when they are united. The two large Muslim factions, Sunni and Shia will compete with each other to prove their loyalty to Christian issues so that they may govern with the Christians.

Thumb beiruti 23 October 2016, 19:00

It is called coalition building. When you do not have an absolute demographic majority, you must build bridges and coalitions with those who will give you a majority. Finally, we are seeing this happening around the most unlikely of personalities, Michel Aoun. In 2005, had he remained loyal to his original cause of Lebanese nationalism, then the country could have been spared 11 years of drift, decay and falling back. But then, these were the terms of his return from exile worked out with Bashar al Assad. He was required to do all that he has done since May 2005 as the price of return. He paid and Lebanon paid higher.

Thumb libanaisresilient 23 October 2016, 19:50

Your so called "coalition building" has been formed long time ago among M8 Parties! Wake up! Only you can't see that's all a Game they're playing again with the desperate Hariri!

Thumb enterprise 23 October 2016, 20:29

Both Geagea and Hariri tried to market their nomination of Aoun based on an agreement that included among other things dissociating Lebanon from the Syrian war/crisis. Today, the chief terrorist of hezbollah gave them both a direct answer.

Nassrallah also stressed that his party's fighters will not "return to Lebanon" before "achieving victory in Syria."

Default-user-icon professor (Guest) 23 October 2016, 20:41

@medical-doctor

from your spot on diagnosis of Nassrallah, I can tell you will be a very successful doctor.

Thumb Hayek.Feghali.Abdelatif 23 October 2016, 22:01

Nice grandiose speech but Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has a habit of slightly over estimating his power influence and pull on things

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6ZTCtgg7Is

Thumb shab 23 October 2016, 22:15

Filthy murdering militia

Thumb eagledawn 23 October 2016, 23:27

Great picture, Nasrallah looks like an unwashed mafioso, and that's closer to his true character than the religious uniform he dishonored for decades. lol... I wonder if they washed that iranian ape before they gave him a turban and made him sayyed.

Thumb oompa.loompa 24 October 2016, 01:22

Not a peep about whether his goons are gonna attend the October 31 session or does he insist on the so call "package deal" or the "necessary agreements" before electing a president and his never ending obstruction and stalling ad nauseam.

Thumb oompa.loompa 24 October 2016, 01:37

Your intervention would have been very poignant if not for your post on this very article less than an hour before you ousted this.

Default-user-icon Pele (Guest) 24 October 2016, 15:02

That's not up for discussion it's a fact. Before the Syrians were kicked out even before March 14 2005 Karin Pakradoni and Emil Lahoud Jr were dispatched to Paris by Bashar with a deal to Aoun. If you think that 99% the March 14 coalition were Syrian agents you resemble the question you asked in your first sentence. I will not say bless you, you cannot be more blessed than you currently are as ignorance is bliss. Brazil is a long way from Lebanon and your ignorance goes even further. Stick with the tric persona it's at least comical.