Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Tuesday said the cabinet formation initiative led by Speaker Nabih Berri should have no deadline as he threatened to “bring Iranian fuel ships to Beirut port” if the Lebanese state does not resolve the fuel shortage crisis.
“We are against early parliamentary polls, because it would be a waste of time and it would deviate people’s attention from their concerns. Instead of talking about early polls, let them form a government,” Nasrallah said, in a televised address marking the anniversary of Hizbullah’s al-Manar TV.
“We are with continuing the government formation efforts and there should be no despair. Let those forming the government feel the people’s pain,” Nasrallah added.
Nasrallah also said that one of the reasons behind the delay in the formation of the government could be that some parties are awaiting the end of the state’s subsidization of essential goods.
“The current official performance is weak in the various files and at the various ministries and the government, ministers and directors general must shoulder their responsibilities, especially that the government formation crisis might protract,” Hizbullah’s leader added.
“The radical solutions for the economic crisis need years and it is unacceptable to wait without finding a solution to the current crisis,” Nasrallah said.
Turning to the country’s fuel shortage crisis, Nasrallah said an Iranian proposal for selling Lebanon fuel in Lebanese lira is still on the table.
“If Lebanon accepts at this very moment, fuel ships would come now from Iran,” Hizbullah’s leader said, lamenting that “we are in a country that has surrendered to the United States.”
“We need a bold political decision to resolve the gasoline crisis in Lebanon,” he urged.
He also threatened that Hizbullah would take action in this regard if the Lebanese state does not act.
“If we reach a state of despair over the state’s action, we in Hizbullah will negotiate with the Iranian government and buy gasoline and diesel ships and will bring them to Beirut port and let the Lebanese state block the entry of diesel and gasoline to the Lebanese people,” Nasrallah said, warning that Hizbullah “cannot tolerate the scenes of the people’s humiliation.”
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