More political unrest in the Lebanon Thursday when government officers delivered a court order over charges of inciting sectarian strife and threatening public order to Tawhid Party leader Wiam Wahhab, following his fierce criticism of Lebanon’s prime-minister designate, Saad Hariri, during a talk show.
Protesters briefly blocked two main coastal highways with burning tires last Monday, near Jiyyah and Beirut, and Naameh and Sidon, according to local media. Shots were also fired by Wahhab’s supporters, who opened fire on government forces. Wahab’s criticism of Hariri has fanned widespread tension between the Druze community and the country’s Sunni prime minister.
Hariri’s efforts to form a government of national unity are still unsuccessful since the election back in May, with political parties jostling for ministerial positions. The latest demand is from Sunni MPs outside the Future Movement demanding representation in the upcoming cabinet.
But Hariri has rejected their demands on the basis that the six MPs do not comprise a unified parliamentary bloc, but who are in fact affiliated to a number of parliamentary blocs.