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March 14 has no right to set conditions: Hezbollah

File- Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad arrives at the Parliament in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad Monday accused the March 14 coalition of undermining state institutions and said his rivals were in no position to set conditions over the Cabinet formation.

“[The March 14] raised the slogan of the ‘transit to the state’ while they left nothing from the state’s institutions,” Raad said during a commemoration ceremony in the Nabatieh town of Harouf in the south of the country. “They even attacked the military institution,” he added.

“You have brought down [state] administrations with your [crankiness] and sectarian approach,” Raad said, urging his rivals “to be rational and calm and to renounce hatred, act rationally and adopt the slogans they have raised.”

Raad, who heads the Loyalty to the Resistance parliamentary bloc, reiterated the call for a national unity Cabinet that takes into consideration the representation of parties at the parliamentary level.

“We are calling on you to meet us in a Cabinet in which each side gets its fair representation or you go on in your stance of rejecting the resistance and its achievements,” he said.

The MP added that Lebanon was only managing to survive as a result of the “wisdom, patience and realism of the resistance.”

“This resistance has put the nation and the homeland and the people on the path of continuous victory and no one can obstruct this path,” Raad said.

He said the March 14 alliance had no right to impose conditions on the Cabinet formation process.

“The resistance will go on in implementing its missions. This should be clear so that those we are calling on us to take part in the Cabinet do not impose preconditions on us especially at a time where they are not in a position to impose such conditions.”

Lebanon’s Cabinet formation has been stalled for almost seven months as a result of conditions and counter-conditions put forward by the rival political camps in the country.

 

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