Qassem Tells Pro-Suleiman Minister Appointments Key to Agreeing on Govt. Mechanism


Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem held talks Monday at his office with Sports and Youth Minister Abdul Mutalleb Hennawi, who is close to former President Michel Suleiman.

“The normal course for resolving the dispute over the cabinet's work mechanism would be addressing the root of the problem, which is the military appointments,” said Qassem during the meeting.

“Political solutions are not possible in the region in the current period and waiting for them would lead to further damage. Officials must have the courage and responsibility to find solutions instead of wasting time and neglecting people's affairs,” Hizbullah number two added.

Last week, An Nahar daily reported that the approval of a proposal made by Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb to resolve the country's waste crisis was facing a condition set by several parties on the promotion of army officers.

The newspaper said that Shehayyeb's proposal requires a cabinet session. But the Free Patriotic Movement, Hizbullah and the Tashnag Party have conditioned the activation of the government's work to the approval of the promotion of around 12 officers from brigadier-general to the rank of major-general.

Such a move leaves Commando Regiment chief Brig. Gen. Chamel Roukoz in the military for another year.

Roukoz is the son-in-law of FPM leader MP Michel Aoun, who wants him to become military commander.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam has been procrastinating on calling for a cabinet session over lack of consensus among the rival parties on several controversial issues, including the waste management plan and the cabinet's decision-taking mechanism in the absence of a president.


Comments 16
Thumb marcus 14 September 2015, 18:52

“The normal course for resolving the dispute over the cabinet's work mechanism would be addressing the root of the problem, which is the military appointments,” said Qassem during the meeting.

So, the root of the problem now is no longer the election of a president but the promotion of aoun's son in law.

Thumb shab 14 September 2015, 18:54

Filthy murdering militia

Thumb beiruti 14 September 2015, 19:17

Such a glaring disconnect between the government (Hezbollahstan) and the people. The people can protest, sit-in, go on hunger strike, sit in the ministries, and yet, nothing changes in Lebanon. The Hezbollah regime is that impervious to any stimulus whatsoever from any source, even from the people that are being victimized by its imposed paralysis on the system and public institutions.

Thumb beiruti 14 September 2015, 19:20

“The normal course for resolving the dispute over the cabinet's work mechanism would be addressing the root of the problem, which is the military appointments,”? WRONG MR. KASSEM!! The normal course, that is, the constitutional course to resolve the dispute is to elect a President, conduct Parliamentary elections and appoint a new government so as to revitalize public institutions not what you have suggested.
You want all to remain as it is, paralyzed, until the regional conflict in Syria and Hezbollah's participation in it has resolved, which could be years, now that Russia has decided to become directly involved militarily which may draw the US militarily into the fight. The "natural course" is not continued paralysis with Aoun's captive son in law in charge of the LAF, read that to mean captive of Iranian/Hezbollah's interests. That may be natural in Tehran, but not in Lebanon. But then, you Mr. Kassem may be natural in Tehran, but you are foreign and unnatural in Lebanon.

Default-user-icon iptyur (Guest) 14 September 2015, 19:43

don't you guys love blackmail.

Missing humble 14 September 2015, 20:54

Family Protected Mazra3a

Default-user-icon Darwr101 (Guest) 14 September 2015, 21:52

Aoun is crying because he just cannot get to the presidency so hizb is now trying to appease him and making him feel like he still has some relevance!!!

Default-user-icon Can-Am (Guest) 15 September 2015, 00:09

Lebanon has fallen. I was going to point out reasons why but there are so many. Let Iran/Syria/Russia take it over. It's what is happening you know.

Thumb habib 15 September 2015, 01:01

Aqsimoo bellah l3azim enna nesralla wa na3im qasamo lobnan ella dahreddahirin

Default-user-icon Alex (Guest) 15 September 2015, 03:10

Tashnaks always to save their community they stand always with evil( Hizb and Aoun in other word syrian regime ) because they know if not worst can happen,in other words they ( the regime and its allies) might harm the community in many ways .

Thumb _mowaten_ 15 September 2015, 11:36

lame, childish and void. classical m14

Thumb -phoenix1 15 September 2015, 18:30

Mowaten, you bring nothing new to this forum, except more KG level posts. Typical M8 style.

Thumb EagleDawn 16 September 2015, 09:49

mowaten is the Lord of the Trolls and fake accounts.

Default-user-icon PEACE (Guest) 15 September 2015, 12:51

This blackmailing is a clear proof of HA/Subs to destabilize and destroy the country. HA is lucky to find in Aoun a cover. This EGOIST so called general accepts this at the cost of jeopardizing the future of the whole country. Just shame on you coward.

Thumb thepatriot 15 September 2015, 15:46

The root of the problem...
it is not corruption, it is not theft, it is not sectarian division, is is not the electricity abuse, it is not the rotten food, it is not the chaotic roads, it is not the Hezb involvement in Syria, it is not the STL, it is not the political system, it is not the 1.5 Million Syrian refugees, nor the 500K Palestinian refugees, it is not the judicial system, it is not the insecurity, it is not Daech, it is not the cost of life, it is not the lack of tourism, it is not the replacement of our political actors, it is not the lack of jobs, noooooooo... the root of the problem is:
" the military appointments " Naim QASSEM

... a great visionary...

Thumb -phoenix1 15 September 2015, 18:29

Mr. Qassem, by definition, you, your Hezbollah and your shoe-shine boys at the FPM have made a very public declaration, that you people are pure saboteurs, people who have no interest in Lebanon but to make of it a dumping ground for your Iranian and Syrian masters. It is beginning to be quite tragic for you lot and this is because the tide is now very much against you, Lebanon will become your burial ground if you don't watch your tongues.