Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, President Michel Aoun and House Speaker Nabih Berri attend a military parade to celebrate the 75 th anniversary of Lebanon's independence in downtown Beirut, on November 22, 2018. AFP / AA / ANWAR AMRO
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.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Iran, reeling under the brunt of the latest U.S. tough sanctions, is holding Lebanon hostage over the formation of a new government, Future Movement officials said Sunday, in another sign of a prolonged Cabinet crisis.The three main parties concerned with the final stumbling block Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, Hezbollah and a group of six Hezbollah-backed Sunni MPs have refused to budge on their positions on the issue of representing the six MPs in the new government.MP Mohammad Hajjar from the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc accused Hezbollah of blocking the Cabinet formation through its insistence that the six MPs be represented in the next government.Hezbollah has refused to give the names of its three ministers to Hariri, thus holding up the government formation.Despite the bleak political outlook, Hariri sounded optimistic about overcoming the Cabinet formation crisis, while stressing that the Constitution brings feuding parties together.Two Hezbollah officials insisted that the solution to the Cabinet formation impasse lay with Hariri, by agreeing to name one of the six MPs as a minister in the next government.Hezbollah MP Hasan Fadlallah also put the solution to the Cabinet problem on Hariri's shoulders.
Berri, Hariri seek to iron out budget snags
to visit Syria deepens
Deal averts fuel crisis as govt seeks to finalize budget
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE