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March 14 criticizes Nasrallah’s
speech on Syria

March 14

The March 14 General Secretariat commented on Wednesday on the speech of Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah during which he vowed to not allow the fall of the Syrian regime.

 

“Nasrallah’s speech shows a coup against the Taif Accord and against coexistence. [It also] shows [the party’s] abandonment of the disassociation policy decided by its cabinet,” the statement issued by the March 14 coalition read.

 

The statement also accused Hezbollah of overturning the Baabda Declaration.

 

The March 14 coalition’s statement also tackled the issue of the formation of the cabinet, and called on designate-Prime Minister Tammam Salam to reject the conditions imposed by the March 8 coalition and not yield to the blackmail of Hezbollah.

 

The statement called on the PM-designate to form a cabinet “that answers the needs of the Lebanese people in collaboration with President Michel Suleiman.”

 

Hezbollah has come under criticism for reportedly fighting on the side of the Syrian regime against rebels in the Al-Qusayr area and outside Damascus, with news outlets in the past weeks reporting that a number of party members had been killed in fighting in Syria.

 

However, Nasrallah denied that large numbers of Hezbollah fighters had been killed in the fighting in Syria.

 

Meanwhile, the country’s political parties are jockeying over the composition of the new government as Premier-designate Tammam Salam has set to work on creating a cabinet to replace the resigned government.

 

Some March 14 figures have called for the new government to not include ministers who are running for election as parliamentarians in the upcoming vote, while others have called for a “rotation” of portfolios. However, all the parties have denied setting conditions for the formation of the new cabinet.

Meeting of the March 14 General Secretariat. (NOW)

Nasrallah’s speech shows a coup against the Taif Accord and against coexistence.