BEIRUT: Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc Thursday voiced it support to the Free Patriotic Movement protest that erupted after a face off between an FPM minister and Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Cabinet.
“The campaign opposing the FPM’s demands will not succeed in making people forget what pushed the party to protest in the first place,” MP Hasan Fadlallah said while reading aloud the Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc’s statement following its weekly meeting.
“The Lebanese Constitution entrusted the president the responsibility to guarantee political and constitutional equilibrium, and in case of presidential void..., the responsibility is temporarily transferred to the Cabinet as a whole,” the statement said.
“The Cabinet should thus, in this exceptional situation, commit to the mechanism of consensus when making decisions to guarantee this equilibrium.”
Hundreds of FPM supporters took to the streets earlier Thursday after a heated argument erupted between Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil and Prime Minister Tammam Salam at a Cabinet session related to the FPM’s demand that security appointments be discussed.
The demonstration became violent when protesters tried to push through security barriers set up by the Army.
The Hezbollah bloc blamed the violence on the Future Movement’s “superiority and marginalization policy” which ignores “certain political partners, sabotaging the state, paralyzing its constitutional institutions, and inciting underprivileged people to demand their rights.”
“The Taif Accord has been poorly implemented, and the Future Movement has not been respecting its stipulations,” the statement continued.
On the campaign opposing the FPM’s demonstration, the statement said that “it will not succeed in distracting people’s attention from the motives behind the party’s demands,” emphasizing that “the bloc is committed to the Constitution, thus it supports the FPM’s protest.”
The MPs called for a “serious dialogue aimed at reaching an understanding, livening the institutions and securing people’s interests.”
“The obstruction of the Parliament’s work has harmed the country’s interests and has negatively affected the Cabinet’s productivity, as well as the opportunities to reach an understanding.”
“The bloc stresses on the importance of holding legislative sessions to reinvigorate the Cabinet,” the statement concluded.