Saniora: Hizbullah's Involvement in Syria Impedes Cabinet Formation

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc head MP Fouad Saniora has said that any developments at the level of forming a cabinet have become impossible in light of Hizbullah's deep involvement in the Syrian crisis, reports said on Saturday.

Saniora's comments came during a dinner held in honor of President Michel Suleiman at the residence of Deputy Speaker Farid Makari in the presence of caretaker PM Najib Miqati, PM-designate Tammam Salam, several ministers, deputies of al-Mustaqbal and March 14 movement figures.

The al-Mustaqbal bloc head pointed to the intimidation campaign against Salam and the pressure against him to respect the conditions set out by Hizbullah and the March 8 coalition in forming a new cabinet.

Since his designation in April to line-up a government, Salam has been unable to perform his duties in light of the differences between the March 8 and 14 alliance, and Hizbullah's engagement in the Syrian battle.

Moreover, Saniora briefed the attendees on his latest meeting with leader of al-Mustaqbal movement Saad Hariri in Paris, and the discussions that touched on several controversial issues in the country.

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