Miqati Says he Will Not Step Down, Rejects to be Held Responsible for Hasan 'Blood'

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Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed on Saturday that he will not step down currently, lashing out at the March 14-led opposition accusations that held him responsible for Intelligence Bureau head Brigadier General Wissam al-Hasan's “blood.”

“I will not resign now and I will not allow for this to create a new crisis in the country,” Miqati told MTV.

The assassination of Hasan last week has raised fears about unrest in the country, which is divided between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose country supervised its small neighbor for nearly 30 years.

The premier pointed out that he reached out to the opposition when he announced that his resignation is possible as he isn't holding on to power but “it accused me of being responsible for the blood” of Hasan.

He noted that if he submitted his resignation now then “I would be admitting to the opposition's accusations.”

“Let them revise their actions so that I revise mine,” Miqati said.

The March 14 coalition blamed Miqati for Hasan’s “blood” and called on him to step down.

The March 14 youth groups had erected tents near the Grand Serail, demanding Miqati to resign after clashes broke out between mourners, mainly March 14 supporters, and the security forces near the premier's office after the funeral of Hasan.

Police fired in the air and used tear gas to drive back protesters who tried to storm the premier's office.

The Ashrafiyeh bombing in Beirut that killed Hasan along with two others deepened the gap between the March 14 alliance and the March 8 camp.

According to MTV, the cabinet will convene on Wednesday at the Baabda Palace.

President Michel Suleiman is carrying out consultations with rival political parties to convince them to resume the national dialogue.

However, the March 14-led opposition insists on the resignation of the government as a main condition for the resumption of the national dialogue and official activity with their foes, while the March 8 coalition rejects the formation of a new cabinet on allegations that there's no alternative.

Comments 7
Thumb lebnanfirst 27 October 2012, 20:32

Whether you decide to resign or not is immaterial honorable PM. It is how HA final reaction is that matters. The choice for them is either remain lackeys and beholden to Iran and hence Syria or opting to put the good of Lebanon above other considerations. It remains to be seen.

Missing peace 27 October 2012, 20:34

why should the gvt resign? let them rule the country as long as they want and we ll see where they ll lead it... let them show how competent they are...and if the life of the citizens would improve!

M14 should have demonstrated the day they took power by force without waiting for the elections, not now!
they are ridiculous...

Missing samiam 27 October 2012, 21:51

I guess the May 7th thing of the persiofascists wouldn't be a preference for you either.

Missing hitech 28 October 2012, 01:06

There is really no need for the government to step down. Indeed M8 took power by force, but bringing the government down by street action is not precisely democratic and civilized. Two wrongs do not make a right. However what the government should do is lift the cover over those committing crimes. Hassan Nasrallah should be brought in for questioning because his party either committed this crime, or for sure he has material knowledge of who did it. Hizbullah are suspects in so many crimes that even circumstantial evidence is enough to arrest Nasrallah and keep him 72 hours for questioning.

Thumb geha 28 October 2012, 04:49

this cabinet has outlasted its welcome.
they proved they are worthless, unable to govern as they keep fighting among each other, no stability whatsoever, and driving the country towards bankruptcy.
criminals in the cabinet, mafiosis, ... and they want to stay in power.
they will go down.

Thumb ghada12 28 October 2012, 10:11

All of a sudden Miqati loves his job and won't let go of it! The guy was alaways acting like he was forced into it, who knew that he liked it so much! It must be the free coffee he gets

Thumb ghada12 28 October 2012, 10:12

All of a sudden Miqati loves his job and won't let go of it! The guy was alaways acting like he was forced into it, who knew that he liked it so much! It must be the free coffee he gets