On Sunday, November 25th, it was reported by state media that Lebanese lawmaker Hassan Fadlallah, part of the Hezbollah March 8th alliance, blamed Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, for his failure to form a government. “We want this government to be formed as soon as possible but there are those who want to cancel the results of the parliamentary elections,” said Fadlallah. He is part of a group of six Hezbollah-backed Sunni MPs who are demanding Cabinet representation. Fadlallah stated on November 25th that the inability to form the new government lies within the responsibility of the Prime Minister-designate, who shoulders responsibility for the failure to do so.
For his part, Hariri expressed optimism that a government will be formed one way or another, as the deadlock over Cabinet formation entered its seventh month. “I won’t talk much about the disruption in the government formation process,” Hariri said in a televised news conference at his official residence.
“We should reach a solution, and eventually we are going to find a solution. We should all know that the Lebanese Constitution is what brings us together and we should focus on what brings us together. This is what I have been doing,” he said.
Hariri’s efforts to form a new national unity government have almost succeeded. However, there has been an emerging problem of Sunni MPs from outside the Future Movement who have been demanding representation in the new cabinet.
Hariri has refused their inclusion, saying that the line-up of independent Sunni MPs, who maintain close ties with Hezbollah parliamentary blocs, is obstructing his creation of a government of national unity. On the other hand, Hezbollah’s political wing insists on having Sunni representation outside the Future Movement party, thus continuing the stalemate over the failure to form a government.