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Hezbollah’s Qassem: Lebanon
on path to destruction

BEIRUT - Hezbollah Deputy Secretary General Naim Qassem warned Thursday following the deadly car bombing that rocked the southern Beirut suburbs of Dahiyeh that Lebanon was on the path to destruction.

 

“Lebanon is on the path to destruction if no political understanding is reached [in the country],” he told Al-Manar television in an interview.

 

The top Hezbollah official called for responding to the bombing by “forming a national-unity government,” amid reports that President Michel Suleiman would green-light a neutral cabinet against the March 8 coalition’s wishes.

 

“The bombing is part of a series and its target is the public,” Qassem said, calling for “learning a lesson from the crime that struck Dahiyeh today.”

 

“Hezbollah is looking out for the country’s stability and fulfilling its duties in Syria,” he added.

 

An explosion ripped through the Haret al-Harayk neighborhood of Beirut’s southern Dahiyeh suburbs Thursday afternoon, killing at least four people.

 

The explosion follows the car bombing assassination of former minister Mohammad Chatah in Downtown Beirut on December 27, an attack that the March 14 alliance implicitly blamed on the Syrian regime and its Hezbollah allies.

 

The recent terror attacks that struck Lebanon come amid a widening political deadlock in the country that has seen Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam go nine months without forming a government.

 

However, recent reports indicate that a March 14-backed neutral, fait accompli cabinet will soon be formed.

 

Lebanon’s constitution stipulates that the president and premier-designate can sign decrees approving a government, but the parliament holds final sway on its activation with a vote of confidence.

 

Even if a new cabinet does not receive a vote of confidence, it would replace Najib Miqati’s current resigned government as the caretaker cabinet.


Hezbollah and the Shiite party’s March 8 allies have all warned against the formation of a neutral government, saying it would lead to strife in Lebanon.

Lebanon is on the path to destruction if no political understanding is reached.

  • politik

    “Hezbollah is looking out for the country’s stability and fulfilling its duties in Syria,” There is a joke in there somewhere.

    January 3, 2014