Hezbollah makes all cabinet decisions, says Fatfat

Future bloc MP Ahmad Fatfat said on Friday that neither Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun nor Prime Minister Najib Mikati have the ability to make any decisions in the cabinet because Hezbollah holds full power over the government.

He told the Voice of Lebanon (93.3) radio station that he thinks it is unlikely that anyone will resign from the cabinet, adding that “such decisions are in the hands of [Hezbollah Secretary General] Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Syrian President [Bashar al-Assad].”

Threats to resign are a form of “internal pressure” aiming to improve “circumstances,” Fatfat said in reference to Aoun’s threat that his bloc would withdraw from the cabinet if it does not pursue development projects.

“Hezbollah may feel at a certain [point] that it needs to obstruct the cabinet to avoid making big decisions linked to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) and to dealing with the Syrian situation in the UN Security Council. The cabinet will then be obstructed and transformed into a caretaker one.”

Four Hezbollah members have been indicted by the STL. However, the Shia group strongly denied the charges and refused to cooperate with the court.

Assad’s troops have cracked down on protests against almost five decades of Baath Party rule which broke out mid-March, killing over 2,000 people and triggering a torrent of international condemnation.

-NOW Lebanon