Mobile  |  About us  |  Photos  |  Videos  |  Subscriptions  |  RSS Feeds  |  Today's Paper  |  Classifieds  |  Contact Us
The Daily Star
04:36 PM Beirut time
25 °C
Blom Index
Lebanon News
Follow this story Print RSS Feed ePaper share this
March 14 express explicit desire to topple new government
A+ A-

BEIRUT: The March 14 coalition has signaled its determination to bring down the government of Prime Minister Najib Mikati less than two weeks after its formation, setting the stage for a fierce confrontation between the March 8 and March 14 camps.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Thursday that the opposition, or the March 14 parties, are adamant about toppling what they called a government dominated by Syria and Hezbollah by employing all democratic means, including street protests.

“The opposition’s road map with the new government has been clear since the first moment [of its formation], especially since its nature and identity are clear. It [the government] will work to isolate [Lebanon] at the Arab and international levels, thus posing a danger to Lebanon,” Geagea told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.

He stressed that the opposition’s basic plan against the government will be founded on “a democratic basis with the aim of getting rid of this government and bringing it down as soon as possible.”

“This position stems from the government’s composition. It is a government of Syria and Hezbollah. It is Syria’s government because it was formed to serve as a defense line for the Syrian regime [to help it] face its circumstances [anti-regime uprising]. It is Hezbollah’s government because it was formed to face the indictment and the [Special Tribunal for Lebanon],” Geagea said.

Hezbollah and its March 8 allies have called for Lebanon to end its cooperation with the tribunal, investigating the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, dismissing it as “an American-Israeli project” designed to incite sectarian strife.

Geagea accused Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun of inciting sectarian strife with his recent remarks on opening prisons to the opposition and a one-way ticket out of the country for former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Aoun’s remarks “do not express his opinion only, but the opinion of the parties that formed this government. They point to the goal for which the government has been formed,” Geagea said. “[Aoun’s] remarks on Hariri are unproductive and they lead to inflaming strife and targeting a prominent leader in the Sunni community.”

A war of words has been raging since last week between Aoun on the one hand, and the March 14 parties and Hariri’s Future Movement on the other. The exchange of rhetoric began last Saturday when Aoun said Hariri has been issued a “one-way ticket out of Lebanon and the government,” adding that the Future Movement leader’s “era of paralyzing state institutions in a bid to control the country” was over.

Responding to Aoun, Hariri stressed that only the killers of his slain father and their protectors will be sent to jail. Hariri also vowed to stand against anyone who targets any of his Future Movement loyalists, in a clear allusion to Aoun who has threatened to send Future officials to jail.

The March 14 Secretariat General Wednesday slammed Aoun, calling on President Michel Sleiman and Mikati to deal with what they termed the “sick Aoun phenomenon.”

Tripoli MP Samir Jisr said Thursday the toppling of the Mikati government was one of the opposition’s goals.

“Any opposition can bring down a government. This is the core of the opposition’s work. If we succeed in bringing it down, why not?” Jisr said in an interview with LBCI television.

He said the March 14 parties’ decision not to join the government was due to “our desire not to give legitimacy to the coup.”

The March 14 parties and the Future Movement have accused Hezbollah and its March 8 allies of staging a coup that led to the toppling of Hariri’s Cabinet on Jan. 12 following the resignation of March 8 ministers in a long-running dispute over the STL.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 24, 2011, on page 2.
Home Lebanon News

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus
More from
Hussein Dakroub
March 8 blank ballots set to spoil first vote
Echoes of past crises make election stalemate all too familiar
Hezbollah raps Geagea candidacy, calls for compromise
Gemayel to toss hat in presidency ring
Bill of fire delay triggers anger, strike

Baabda 2014
Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Linked In Follow us on Google+ Subscribe to our Live Feed
Pictures of the day
A selection of images from around the world- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
View all view all
Rami G. Khouri
Rami G. Khouri
Israel shows Zionism’s true colors
Michael Young
Michael Young
Why confuse gibberish with knowledge?
David Ignatius
David Ignatius
Echoes of 1914 characterize the Ukraine crisis
View all view all
Click to View Articles
Privacy Policy | Anti-Spamming Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright Notice
© 2014 The Daily Star - All Rights Reserved - Designed and Developed By IDS