Report: Hariri Won’t Lead the Government ‘Weak’


Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is not going to concede or negotiate his share in the government, he is waiting for Hizbullah and Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil to either reach an agreement or “end their complicity” over the ministerial seat they are “fighting over,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

Hariri’s al-Mustaqbal Movement sources stressed in remarks to the newspaper that the PM “is not going to lead the government weak,” noting that attempts to pressure the PM by introducing “initiatives” --in reference to suggestions made by Bassil-- that make him offer concessions “won’t lead to a government formation.”

“Hizbullah wants to invest what is believed to be a regional victory in the government. If Hizbullah and its allies truly adhere to Hariri as prime minister, they must enter into a national settlement,” they added.

Hizbullah has recently backed a suggestion made by Bassil to form a 32-member government. Bassil was reportedly trying to “press” Hariri into accepting the suggestion.

The representation of pro-Hizbullah Sunni MPs of the Consultative Gathering is the latest obstacle hampering the formation after several hurdles related to the Christian and Druze representation were eased.

Comments 5
Thumb thepatriot 11 January 2019, 11:37

The country is collapsing... it is true... but at the same time... it is not possible to bend over Ebolas's rule one more time. They "condition", they "threaten", they "demand", and they always obtain... and then we regret. Enough is enough. I think Hariri is right not to compromise... he was always criticized for being weak... he is finally showing some strength...

Thumb s.o.s 11 January 2019, 16:45

yes but it's too little and too late!

Thumb canadianleb 11 January 2019, 17:18

If Hariri wasn't weak and still weak he would form a Government of 10 to 15 ministers that are technocrats and if it is rejected than the Army should take over and put all of the so called caretaker ministers on trial for theft and treason as they all work either for Iran or KSA...

Thumb whyaskwhy 11 January 2019, 18:48

Agree with CandaLeb if Hariri was not so weak Syria would not have accepted him in his role. He is not capable of standing up to Syria or Kizballah fer he knows quite well he too could be a martyr. If and when Bashar decides Lebanon will forma new government it will be inline with the Syrian approved corrupt governments of the past. Lebanon has yet to gain its independence from Syria and the world has no interest in seeing it gain it.

Thumb canadianleb 11 January 2019, 19:14

It's not only up to Syria, KSA and Turkey as well as Israel have a hand of what goes on in Lebanon...