In an unprecedented move in Lebanon’s history, 11 ministers of the 30-member Cabinet resigned Wednesday, thus toppling PM Saad Hariri’s government.
The 10 opposition ministers as well as State Minister Adnan Sayyed Hussein declared withdrawal from the government and held Hariri and his bloc responsibility for the failure of the Saudi-Syria effort to defuse the crisis in Lebanon over the international tribunal into the Rafiq Hariri assassination.
Energy Minister Jibran Bassil read the opposition ministers’ statement during a press conference held at the head of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc MP Michel Aoun’s residence in Rabiyeh.
Along with Bassil, opposition ministers include: Mohamad Fneish and Hussein Hajj Hasan (Hezbollah), Mohamad Jawad Khalife, Ali Shami and Ali Abduallah (Amal Movement), Charbel Nahhas and Fadi Abboud (Free Patriotic Movement), Abraham Dadayan (Tashnaq) and Youssef Saade (Marada).
In their statement, the opposition ministers thanked Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Syrian President Bashar Assad for their efforts to resolve the Lebanese crisis caused by the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. They regretted, however, how some parties have missed the opportunities to prevent attempts to destabilize Lebanon and to protect the country against sedition schemes.
The opposition ministers also said in their statement that their decision came as a result of the foiled Saudi-Syrian effort caused by the other bloc’s surrender to foreign pressure, mainly American, and by ignoring the wishes and advice of both the Syrians and Saudis. “Despite the openness we have always expressed to solutions, the other bloc insisted on its strategy of obstructing, thus depriving the government from assuming its duties according to constitutional norms, also obstructing the work of the ministries,” the statement read.
“Following our last bid to resolve matters through our call for an immediate cabinet session and after our call was turned down by the other bloc, and in order to pave the way for the formation of a new government that would be able to assume its duties in the upcoming stage, we announce our resignation from the government,” the statement concluded, urging President Michel Sleiman to speed up the constitutional procedures that should be taken to form a new cabinet.
SAYYED HUSSEIN RESIGNS
For his part, State Minister Adnan Sayyed Hussein, who is politically aligned with President Sleiman, issued a statement in which he announced his resignation from the government.
“In light of political differences that have threatened the national unity government; and after the cabinet failed, especially in the few last months, in respecting the slogan of people’s priorities in the face of the economic and social pressures; and due to my status as consensual minister in the government; and in harmony with the consensus policy sponsored by President Michel Sleiman, I announce my resignation from the government,” Sayyed Hussein said in his statement.
He concluded by expressing hope a new government be formed to safeguard national unity and comprehensive stability.
This is too funny. Would the opposition resign 20 minutes earlier so as to make the meeting between a president and a former PM?
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