Loyalty to Resistance: Key Forces Must Cooperate to Represent Independent Sunnis
Hizbullah’s Loyalty to Resistance bloc on Thursday called on the country’s “key forces” to “cooperate” to represent the so-called “independent Sunnis” in the new , government, warning that the marginalization of any component is not in the country’s interest.
“The formation of the government is very important in order to delineate the safe tracks that Lebanon must be put on so that it preserves its security and addresses its domestic problems,” said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.
“A government bringing together most political components is the right and needed framework for confronting the challenges,” Loyalty to Resistance added, noting that “the elimination of any political component and the rejection of its participation in the government do not serve the national interest or the government’s proper functioning.”
Referring to the controversy over the issue of representing pro-Hizbullah Sunni MPs in the cabinet, the bloc said “representing the independent Sunnis is a responsibility that falls mainly on the PM-designate,” calling on the “key forces” to “cooperate to achieve this thing.”
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.”