Al-Akhbar: Hezbollah sources
issue cabinet warning

Sources from the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah warned of the grave repercussions that the formation of a fait accompli cabinet could have on Lebanon.


“A fait accompli government could blow up the country,” the sources told Al-Akhbar newspaper, which is close to Hezbollah, in remarks published on Tuesday.


They added that Hezbollah is still adamant about the “necessity of forming a government that reflects the political forces’ real [parliamentary weight].”


The report also said that the Shiite group’s stance “does not seem to be affected by [President Michel] Suleiman’s speeches, nor by [Premier-designate Tammam] Salam’s insistence on the formation of a new cabinet.”


Lebanon is still waiting for the formation of a new government by Salam after the resignation of the government of caretaker PM Najib Miqati. The PM-designate’s latest proposal is based on giving a third share to each of the opposing political blocks – March 14 and March 8, and a third share to centrists.


Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement have objected to the PM-designate’s proposal and are requesting a ministerial share proportional to their parliamentary representation. Meanwhile, the Future Movement and other March 14 parties claim that they will not be part of a cabinet in which Hezbollah participates.


However, one hurdle in the cabinet formation deadlock was possibly cleared when Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt said in remarks published on Wednesday that he did not oppose the formation of a neutral cabinet, in a dramatic reversal of his previous position in support of a national-unity cabinet.


Commenting on these remarks, Salam said Thursday that the stances of the PSP leader would have an impact on the cabinet formation process.

Hezbollah's stance does not seem to be affected by Suleiman’s speeches.