Houri Says Hizbullah 'Confining' Govt. Formation
Al-Mustaqbal Movement former MP Ammar Houri on Thursday blamed Hizbullah party for the government formation delay, as he assured that head of the Movement, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s presence in Paris is only “temporary.”
“When Hizbullah sees that the regional situation suits it, only then will it let the government be formed,” Houri said in remarks he made to VDL (100.5) radio station.
“Hizbullah is holding the Sunni paper and confining the government formation for regional cognition,” he added, referring to the representation hurdle of Sunni MPs of March 8.
The MP said that regardless of the reasons, Hizbullah’s main goal is to delay the formation.
“If it was not for the Sunni obstacle, Hizbullah would have invented a new one just to hamper the formation,” he stated.
On Hariri’s presence in the French capital in light of reports claiming he is on a retreat, Houri said: “Hariri is not on a retreat in Paris. His presence there is only temporary.”
The government was on the verge of formation on October 29 after the Lebanese Forces accepted the portfolios that were assigned to it but a last-minute hurdle over the representation of the aforementioned MPs surfaced.
Hizbullah insisted that the six Sunni MPs should be given a seat in the government, refraining from providing Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri with the names of its own ministers in a bid to press him.
President Michel Aoun -- a Hizbullah ally and the FPM founder -- threw his support behind Hariri and rejected the demand during a TV interview, slamming the “use of delay as a political tactic” and insisting that the aforementioned MPs are “individuals and not a bloc.”