Political sources have denied that Hizbullah has conditioned Premier-designate Najib Miqati on the inclusion of an article in the cabinet’s policy statement that cuts Lebanon’s ties with the international tribunal.
Hizbullah has decided to deal with each case as it arises, the sources said, adding that Miqati’s government will seek to avoid a confrontation with the international community by steering clear of an immediate agreement to abolish the court.Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun congratulated on Tuesday Beshara Rahi on his election as the new Maronite patriarch, voicing his support to him in his mission.
He said of the March 14 rally after the movement’s weekly meeting: “We tried to understand Sunday’s demonstration and the speeches at the event and we were surprised by the campaign against the arms.”Full Story
Spanish Ambassador Juan Carlos Gafo expected the Lebanese government to be formed soon and stressed his country’s support for the course of justice in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri’s assassination case.
In remarks to An Nahar daily published Tuesday, Gafo said that Premier-designate Najib Miqati told him that the cabinet would be formed a few days after the rally at Martyrs Square on March 13.Full Story
Hizbullah parliamentary sources described Caretaker Premier Saad Hariri’s speech at Sunday’s rally as “childish” and said the March 14 leader addressed the crowds as if he was speaking to Tarik Jdideh’s residents.
“Hariri wasn’t at all successful in his speech which didn’t suit his position as a statesman,” the sources told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat in remarks published Monday.Full Story
Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati on Sunday described as "strife-inciting" some of the statements made earlier in the day at the rally organized by the March 14 camp to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the Cedar Revolution.
Asked by his visitors for his feedback concerning the rally, Miqati said: "May God have mercy upon Martyr (premier) Rafik Hariri's soul, because he would have rejected some of the strife-inciting remarks that were made near his tomb" in downtown Beirut.Full Story
Caretaker Economy Minister Mohammed Safadi on Sunday voiced his rejection of "the remarks that have attacked late premier Rafik Hariri who is the martyr of entire Lebanon," describing any insult against him as "an insult against the whole Lebanese people."
In a communiqué issued by his press office, Safadi also stressed that "the Resistance's arms should only be used to defend Lebanon against the Israeli enemy."Full Story
Hundreds of thousands of March 14 supporters gathered at Beirut's Martyrs Square on Sunday at a rally aimed at sending a message to the Hizbullah-led alliance about the people's rejection of the party's weapons.
Convoys could be seen across the country heading to the capital, blaring songs and displaying pictures in support of slain ex-Premier Rafik Hariri.Full Story
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed Sunday that it was impossible for Hizbullah's arms to be raised against people longing for democracy and the truth and justice in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's assassination case, as hundreds of thousands of March 14 supporters rallied at Beirut's Martyrs Square to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the Cedar Revolution.
"It is impossible for the arms to be toys thrown at our kids and for weapons to be raised against people longing for democracy," Hariri told a cheering crowd.Full Story
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said at the Cedar Revolution’s sixth anniversary on Sunday that the second Cedar Revolution won’t succumb until Hizbullah's "statelet" disappears.
Geagea addressed March 14 supporters gathered at Martyrs Square saying: “We only want the Lebanese state to govern; we won’t rest until the state within the state concept vanishes and the state is established.”Full Story
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed on Thursday that arms that are directed against what is just will fail as was demonstrated in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.
He said after a luncheon banquet in the honor of various religious clerics: “Any arms used against the people lose their legitimacy and even state weapons would lose their legitimacy if they do not serve the people and their interests.”Full Story