Defiant Hariri Calls Himself 'Father of Sunnis', Says 'Won't be Defeated'إقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri delivered a defiant speech on Tuesday and accused Hizbullah of blocking the formation of the new government for a reason that is “bigger” than the so-called Sunni representation obstacle.
“There are sides who do not want the country to take a chance and they don’t like the presence of a government and state institutions and they think that sects should come before the state,” Hariri said at a press conference.
“There is a decision by Hizbullah’s leaders to block the government and I regret that the party is playing the role of obstruction,” Hariri added, noting that Hizbullah is defying President Michel Aoun and all Lebanese, “not only Saad Hariri.”
“No one has the right to say that a certain sect’s representation is being monopolized as he monopolizes an entire sect’s representation,” the PM-designate added, in an apparent jab at Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah.
“Hizbullah cannot dictate on me whom I should represent. Had these people (pro-Hizbullah Sunni MPs) run in the elections as one bloc, it would have been my duty to represent them, but this is not the right way to talk to your partner in the country,” Hariri went on to say.
“Things don’t need all this screaming and intimidation,” Hariri added, addressing Nasrallah.
Wondering why Hizbullah “did not name one of them from its own share,” the PM-designate warned that the government is a “national necessity” at all levels.
“I have done my part and let all parties shoulder their responsibilities so that the country can move forward,” he added.
“Today I do not have a solution or else I would have visited the president,” said Hariri in response to a reporter’s question.
“The constitution tasks the PM-designate with forming the government in agreement with the President and there is no third person with them. Period,” a defiant Hariri added.
And describing himself as “the father of Sunnis” in Lebanon, the PM-designate emphasized that he knows what “serves their interest.”
“Saad Hariri will not be defeated despite their attempts that have persisted throughout the past 13 years.” Hariri underlined.
The government was on the verge of formation on October 29 after the Lebanese Forces accepted the portfolios that were assigned to it but a last-minute hurdle over the representation of the aforementioned Sunni MPs surfaced.
Hizbullah has insisted that the six Sunni MPs should be given a seat in the government, refraining from providing Hariri with the names of its own ministers in a bid to press him.
President Aoun -- a Hizbullah ally -- threw his support behind Hariri and rejected the demand during a TV interview, noting that the aforementioned MPs are “individuals and not a bloc.”
Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil is meanwhile trying to convince the rival parties to accept a settlement based on naming a “consensus” Sunni minister.
13 November 2018, 15:56
Hariri to Nasrallah: Addressing your partners in the country in that way is unacceptable.
13 November 2018, 15:55
Hariri: You want to talk about loyalty? Loyalty should be to the country, the people, the Taef Accord, the economy and stability.
13 November 2018, 15:53
Hariri: I’m “the father of Sunnis” in Lebanon and I know what serves their interest.
13 November 2018, 15:49
Hariri: I do not allow anyone to accuse me of sectarian incitement and this is not Rafik Hariri’s school.
13 November 2018, 15:47
Hariri to Nasrallah: Things don’t need all this screaming and intimidation.
13 November 2018, 15:45
Hariri: The consequences that the country will bear are upon Hizbullah’s responsibility.
13 November 2018, 15:44
Hariri: I said from the beginning that I don’t want problems with anyone and I told them to “search for someone else.”
13 November 2018, 15:41
Hariri: The constitution tasks the PM-designate with forming the government in agreement with the President and there is no third person with them. Period.
13 November 2018, 15:37
Hariri: The government is a national necessity and I have done my part and let all parties shoulder their responsibilities so that the country can move forward.
13 November 2018, 15:32
Hariri: Some were betting that the LF will further impede the formation process.
13 November 2018, 15:30
Hariri to Nasrallah: No one has the right to say that a certain sect’s representation is being monopolized as he monopolizes an entire sect’s representation
13 November 2018, 15:24
Hariri: I regret that Hizbullah has obstructed the formation of the government and I did not think that things can be approached like this in the face of the President and not only Saad Hariri.
13 November 2018, 15:20
Hariri: I will not cheat the Lebanese by saying that I’m optimistic.
13 November 2018, 15:18
Hariri: The country ran into a barrier after the speech of Hizbullah's secretary-general.
13 November 2018, 15:17
Hariri: There are sides who do not want the country to take a chance and they don’t like the presence of a government and state institutions.
13 November 2018, 15:15
Hariri: The obstacle is bigger than the issue of March 8’s Sunni MPs.
13 November 2018, 15:15
Hariri: All Lebanese know that my political rhetoric has always been full of optimism despite circumstances and threats and I have always said that the country deserves a new chance.