BEIRUT - Hezbollah’s leader has called on Lebanese politicians to not wait for the result of regional developments and instead break the political impasse in the country.
“Do not wait for regional developments for Lebanon to go on,” Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a Friday evening television address, adding that “whatever is happening in Aleppo should not affect Lebanon.”
The Hezbollah chief stressed the importance of forming a new government, following the election of President Michel Aoun in late October, and the formulation of a new electoral law to guide the parliamentary elections slated to be held next year.
“All political parties should take part in formation of government,” Nasrallah said, while stressing his conviction that no side is seeking to prolong the government-formation process which has already gone on for over a month amid squabbles over ministerial appointments.
He also reiterated his party’s support for a proportional electoral law, saying it “is the only valid option if we are looking to achieve true representation.”
Worries have mounted over the parliamentary vote set for May 2017 as the country’s feuding parties have yet to agree on a new electoral law, which prompted the postponement of the elections on two previous occasions.
Narallah touted his ties with Aoun and said that Hezbollah was in daily contact with the newly-elected president’s Free Patriotic Movement.
“We have not had a single issue with Aoun,” he explained, adding that rumors of a potential rift were utterly unfounded.
Nasrallah added that he also supported Aoun’s ties with any foreign state, other than Hezbollah’s arch-foe Israel, and welcomed the president visiting Saudi Arabia, another regional rival of the Shiite party.
The Hezbollah chief’s one-hour long speech focused solely on Lebanese politics and made no mention of recent events in the region, including Israel’s reported strikes on targets, including Hezbollah ones, in Syria in the past week.
“The region has reached a new stage, there are new projects that will be defeated,” Nasrallah hinted, but added that he would “not talk about them now.”
NOW's English news desk editor Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) wrote this report.