Siniora: March 8 ministers’ resignation is “constitutional adventure”

Lebanon First bloc MP Fouad Siniora said on Friday evening that Prime Minister Saad Hariri is nominated for the country’s premiership, and called the March 8 coalition ministers’ resignation “a constitutional adventure.”

“The [March 8 ministers’ resignation] violates what was agreed on… It violates the formula of national-unity government…” Siniora said in a statement issued by his press office on Saturday.

“The resigned ministers’ step is an attempt to change rules and protocols in order [to gradually] alter balances [in the country].”

Lebanon's unity government collapsed Wednesday after Hezbollah and its allies pulled their 10 ministers from cabinet and one minister close to President Michel Sleiman announced his withdrawal, providing the necessary number of resignations for the government to fall.

Hezbollah and its allies have for months been pressing Hariri to disavow the Special Tribunal for Lebanon – probing the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri – on the grounds that it is part of a US-Israeli plot that will indict Hezbollah members.

-NOW Lebanon

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