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.