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Hezbollah beholden to Iran: Future MP

MP Khaled Zahraman (l).

BEIRUT: Future bloc MP Khaled Zahraman accused Hezbollah Thursday of doing Iran's bidding.

“Hezbollah’s political and jurisprudential decisions are not made by Hezbollah but by the Wilayat al-Faqih in Iran,” Zahraman told Future News television channel. “Any other talk is just details.”

Wilayet al-Faqih, or "Guardianship of the Jurist," is the theocratic political system upon which the Islamic Republic of Iran is founded. The philosophy underlying the concept of Wilayet al-Faqih was formulated by Iranian Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini while in exile from his native Iran in the 1970s, and put into effect shortly after his assumption of power in 1979 following the Shah's departure.

Zahraman also alleged that Hezbollah cannot make a move in Lebanon without getting Iran’s approval first.

Turning to the Lebanese Cabinet crisis, Zahraman said the real dispute is not over public appointments but “goes deeper than that.”

Prime Minister Najib Mikati suspended Cabinet meetings earlier this month following a dispute with Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun over civil service appointments.

Zahraman said procrastination was in the interest of both Mikati and Aoun, “particularly since everyone knows that the government’s survival is in Hezbollah's hands, and Hezbollah wants this government to continue helping the Syrian regime.”

He criticized the Lebanese government for providing cover for Syria, in an echo of the Future Movement's claim that Lebanon is failing to confront its larger and more powerful neighbor over its repression of internal dissent and its alleged incursions into Lebanon in pursuit of Syrian anti-government protesters.

 

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