| 2 February 2023, Thursday |

Nasrallah blows up the government, Mikati in embarrassing situation

Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah said that Minister of Information George Kordahi will neither resign nor be dismissed. This means that the Cabinet will not convene, but the diplomatic rift with the Gulf states, mainly Saudi Arabia will rather intensify and the governmental crisis will sustain until further notice.

There is a huge contradiction In Nasrallah’s speech, especially when he considers that Hezbollah’s domination over Lebanon is untrue and flimsy. Nasrallah also rejected Kordahi’s resignation, and his stance reflected the clear control of Hezbollah over the internal decision. Last month, Nasrallah threatened with his 100,000 fighters and today he is saying that Hezbollah is the largest party In Lebanon, and indirectly saying that he is the ultimate authority in Lebanon.

In this context, parliamentary sources confirmed that “Nasrallah has blown up the government and put it in front of difficult choices. The failure of Kordahi’s resignation has complicated matters with Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, and this is a very dangerous matter, especially as we are going through a stifling economic crisis and the dollar continues to rise at frightening levels.”

Sources told Sawt Beirut International that the failure of Kordahi’s resignation means that the government has turned into a Caretaker, because it is not possible to hold meetings without the Shiite ministers and ‘Marada Movement’ ministers. At the same time the government is unable to dismiss Kordahi, and Prime Minister Najib Mikati knows that, therefore, he is in a critical situation and has to make his choices.

In response to a question about Mikati’s resignation, the sources ruled out this option, but asserted that “Mikati is in an embarrassing situation, especially as the Gulf states are escalating steps towards Lebanon. The coming days will be certainly difficult for the Lebanese-Gulf relations, as the situation requires decisive decisions for the interest of Lebanon. May Nasrallah threaten the fate of a nation and people in order to give priority to the Iranian interest?”

The sources indicated that Nasrallah is now is dominating the government’s papers, the paper to overthrow the judicial investigator, Judge Tarek Bitar, is used by Hezbollah to disrupt the government, and the paper for Kordahi’s resignation is now used for bargaining. In both scenarios we are heading towards an impasse that lacks any solution. Lebanon cannot revive or survive the crisis without his fraternal brothers. Nasrallah is escalating towards Saudi Arabia and throwing Lebanon into Iran’s arms, so our country becomes a card that Iran can use in its negotiations with America.”

  • Sawt Beirut International