Hamadeh Urges Suleiman and Miqati to ‘Liberate Themselves’ from Cheap Political Blackmail

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MP Marwan Hamadeh called on President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati to “liberate themselves from the cheap blackmail” that is forcing them to form a weak government that would be a failure on the Lebanese, Arab, and international scenes.

He said in a statement from parliament on Tuesday: “The silence of four months can no longer be maintained over the coup against the prime minister … as representatives of the popular majority that still stands on the Lebanese scene, we should make a few points clear before the collapse of the last of the constitutional institutions.”

“Some constituents of the new majority are leading the country towards either a governmental vacuum or a crisis of government,” he said.

Furthermore, he noted that the “pointless” debate over the legitimacy of the president and thwarting any discussion of the illegitimate arms are part of the campaign to impede the implementation of the Taif accord and “what is left of the Doha agreement”.

“We had warned the president that a one of the members of the new majority that is participating in the governmental coup is also seeking to stage a presidential one,” the MP added.

“The prime minister-designate is caught between following his national conscience and between commitments he may have presented to the new majority when he accepted his appointment,” Hamadeh continued.

“The Lebanese long for a government that would solve their problems, but they won’t accept the formation of just any cabinet … and if the new majority’s harmony is based on shaky regional axes, then this accord will inevitably come to an end,” he noted.

The MP continued: “The new majority’s inability to form a government led it to create the joke of requesting the army commander, who should distance himself from political divisions, to name candidates for ministerial positions in the government.”

“We hope that General Jean Qahwaji would not embroil himself in a political maneuver aimed at targeting him and the military institution, which is a source of stability for the country,” Hamadeh stressed.

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