BEIRUT: Attempts to exclude Hezbollah from taking part in the next Cabinet are unconstitutional, said Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Nawwaf Musawi Sunday.
“Every attempt to overcome the right of the resistance to be represented in government is a violation of the constitution,” Musawi said Sunday in a commemoration ceremony in the southern town of Al-Bayad.
Musawi argued that article 95 of the Lebanese constitution stipulates all sects should be represented equally in the Cabinet.
“This means the government in Lebanon should not be a technocrat or neutral or independent Cabinet,” he said.
“According to the constitution, the government should represent all the components of the Lebanese political community,” he added.
Article 95 of Lebanon’s constitution stipulates that “the sectarian groups shall be represented in a just and equitable manner in the formation of the Cabinet.”
The Future-led March 14 coalition has repeatedly called for forming a neutral Cabinet that excludes all political parties.
However, Hezbollah is sticking to its demand for fair representation and for being granted veto power in the next Cabinet.
Such conditions and counter conditions have kept efforts by Prime Minister-designate to form a new government at a stalemate for over six months.
Musawi said that the real reason behind the Cabinet stalemate is “the presence of a regional decision to eliminate or harm the resistance.”
He also called for “Dialogue between political rivals that could lead to the formation of a national unity Cabinet that can save Lebanon and the Lebanese rights from Israel.”
For his part, Sheikh Nabil Qaouq, the deputy head of Hezbollah's political council, accused the March 14 coalition of “obstructing Parliament, the Cabinet formation and Dialogue in Lebanon.”
“The March 14 coalition has a tendency to dominate although it says it extends its hand to Dialogue and to building the country, but experiences have proved that this team is just waiting for an opportunity to attack the resistance,” he said.
Qaouq said that the March 14 coalition’s gamble that changes in Syria would lead to changes in Lebanon was brought down and that the resistance “today is more powerful and influential on both the political and military level in influencing the region.
He said that the coalition does not act upon its own decisions “but is bearing the consequences of its obedience to foreign decisions.”
Qaouq also said that “Israel now bets on the March 14 team to weaken the resistance and distort its image.”