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Qassem: No Point in Holding Presidential Election Sessions if Current Conditions Persist

Hizbullah deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem noted on Wednesday that the current conditions in Lebanon are not appropriate to stage the presidential elections.

He said: “There is therefore no point to hold presidential election sessions if these conditions persist.”

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Naim Qassem: Lebanon Does Not Exist, is Worthless without the Resistance

Hizbullah deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem stated on Saturday that “Lebanon is worthless without the resistance,” assuring that it will be mentioned in the ministerial policy statement.

"Lebanon owns its resistance for deterring Israel,” Qassem said at a Hizbullah event.

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Qassem Recommends Formation of All-Embracing Political Cabinet

Hizbullah deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem warned on Thursday the formation of a cabinet other than all-embracing national political government, saying that "all options are open.”

Qassem speaking to Hizbullah's al-Manar channel lashed out at proposals to form a neutral or de-facto cabinets, pointing out that these kind of governments would spread “chaos, danger and complications.”

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Qassem Meets Qatari Ambassador: Political Solutions Key to Ending Regional Disputes

Hizbullah deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem and newly-appointed Qatari Ambassador to Lebanon Ali bin Hamad al-Marri stressed on Monday the importance of political solutions to regional crises, announced the party in a statement.

It said: “Political solutions are key to ending disputes in the region.”

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Salam Shrugs Off Hizbullah Campaign, Says Cabinet Constitutional when Decree Signed

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam has shrugged off criticism about the non-constitutionality of a de facto government, saying the new cabinet would be constitutional immediately after the president signs the decree.

In remarks to al-Joumhouria newspaper published on Saturday, Salam said: “Any discussion about a neutral or non neutral cabinet is political.”

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Qassem Deems as 'Unconstitutional' Proposal to Form Govt. that Lacks Confidence Just to Stage Polls

Hizbullah deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem voiced on Thursday his surprise with President Michel Suleiman's suggestion to form a government to stage the presidential elections even if it does not enjoy confidence.

He deemed such a proposal as unconstitutional.

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Lebanon Pushed to Edge _ but, Somehow, Not Over it

By nearly all measures, Lebanon should have long ago buckled under the weight of Syria's civil war.

The fighting next door has swamped Lebanon with refugees and has stoked its Sunni-Shiite tensions, as each community in Lebanon lines up in support of its brethren on the rival sides in Syria. That has fueled predictions that deeply divided Lebanon is only one nudge away from collapsing into full-blown sectarian bloodletting of its own.

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FPM: We Understand Hizbullah's Delay in Tackling Local Issues due to its Forced Intervention in Syria

Free Patriotic Movement and Hizbullah officials held talks on Wednesday as part of the former's efforts to hold talks with all political powers in order to end the deadlock in Lebanon, announced the movement in a statement on Thursday.

The FPM's representative at the talks, Bassam al-Hashem said: “We understand Hizbullah's delay in tackling some local affairs due to the circumstances it is passing through given that it is being targeted by local forces and due to its intervention in Syria against its will.”

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Jumblat Discusses with Salam Cabinet Formation Efforts Amid Renewed Hizbullah Condition

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat discussed with Premier-designate Tammam Salam the latest cabinet formation efforts and an alleged Saudi go ahead to an all-embracing government despite a rejection by Hizbullah of a 24-member line-up in which the three major factions would get 8 ministers each.

Al-Joumhouria newspaper said that Jumblat visited Salam on Tuesday night to brief him on the results of the discussions that caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abou Faour held with Saudi officials in Riyadh.

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Qassem: You Cannot Compare Resistance's Weapons with Street Arms

Hizbullah deputy Secretary General Sheikh Naim Qassem reiterated his calls for a national unity cabinet, stating also that the resistance's weapons cannot be compared to arms used on the streets.

"The arms of the resistance are in the interest of Lebanon and this has been proven on ground,” Qassem said during an Iftar banquet on Saturday.

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