Arslan Resigns from Cabinet: Miqati Conspired against National Unity

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Lebanese Democratic Party leader State Minister and MP Talal Arslan announced on Monday his resignation from the newly-formed government whose lineup was revealed earlier in the day.

He said during a press conference: “In line with my convictions, I announce before the Lebanese people my resignation from the government of the so-called Premier Najib Miqati whom I am not honored to be seated next to.”

He added that he had nothing against all other ministers in Cabinet.

“Miqati tried to create a problem between me and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, the Resistance, and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat,” he said.

“Such practices are deception and a conspiracy against national unity,” the MP stressed.

“I believe that the worst is yet,” he continued.

Arslan said that it was unfortunate that discrimination was adopted in the formation process and that the issue of the distribution of sovereign portfolios was dealt with in an “inappropriate” manner.

“I cannot condone how the Druze, Catholics, Alawites, and other sects were treated with such discrimination,” the MP added.

“It’s as if the Druze aren’t allowed to acquire the Interior, Finance, Defense, and Foreign Ministries,” he noted.

“This is a conspiracy against the social contract and national principles,” he stressed.

“It demonstrates the fragility of our political system, which has become marred with discrimination,” Arslan noted.

“I cannot take part in a government, which Miqati says the Druze aren’t allowed to acquire a sovereign portfolio,” he revealed.

The MP demanded that Speaker Nabih Berri set him as the first speaker at the parliament session dedicated to granting the government confidence, adding that the Lebanese Democratic Party will not grant it confidence.

Arslan urged his supporters to remain calm “as we have a peaceful political agenda.”

His supporters had blocked the Khaldeh international highway in protest against his appointment as state minister.

The army has since reopened the road.

Arslan had demanded that he be granted with a sovereign portfolio in government, voicing his rejection of a state ministry.

Comments 9
Default-user-icon muhsen (Guest) 13 June 2011, 18:38

Arslan has supporters, I did not know such creatures existed.

Missing bigdigg 13 June 2011, 18:52

It is time for Miqati to act like Rafiq Hariri used to..... that is use the power of his $$$$$$ to shut people up.

Thumb Marc 13 June 2011, 19:05

Irslan was a march 8 supporter all along, so I think he should have gotten the displaced ministry which he had a great experience with in the past. State minister is an insult......

Now having said that, I think he along with half the cabinet have no qualification for the jobs they are offered and Harriri government was not much better either... Sad!

Default-user-icon Joe (Guest) 13 June 2011, 19:47

Well done Mr. Arslan, you made enough take your thugs out of the streets... your Syrian friends betrayed you, your allies dumped you and nothing left for you to do. It would be worthwhile for you to consider going to a retreat and start learning how to walk in father's foosteps who was a true patriot.

Default-user-icon amirmansour (Guest) 13 June 2011, 19:57

One less
Replace by technocrat who knows what to do .
About time

Default-user-icon arabia777 (Guest) 13 June 2011, 20:20

Arslan quickly popped up and showed why he wasn't given any more responsibility. Juvenile indeed.

Thumb anonymouslb 14 June 2011, 02:19

excuse me mister arslan but it's not just miqati who conspired; you conspired too and so did all your filthy friends from march 8 and march 14...

Soon all the political leaders of march 8 and march 14 will pay for their crimes in jail and the lebanese people shall prevail...

Default-user-icon Kalkan Baphas (Guest) 14 June 2011, 07:48

Can we get some Lebanese politicians with an IQ above 10? Is this too much to ask? This guy is borderline mentally retarded, no offense against the mentally retarded.

Default-user-icon RabihS (Guest) 14 June 2011, 10:16

if he wishes to resign let him do it peacefully.. u just gotto love how he is calming his men down after they close the vital high of lebanon right in the middle of summer.. how noble of him and all our politians who are no better..lets be honest, all he cares about is a real ministry so that money can be made, theres none in a state minsitry... its not thier fault though, its ours