“The situation of the Lebanese people is no longer tolerable and there is an urgent need to speed-up the formation of the new government,” Lebanese lawmaker Ziad Hawat said in an interview with Radio Lebanon on December 16th. He called on the Hezbollah political party to “return to Lebanon and recognise the Lebanese internal system and not to apply external agendas at the expense of Lebanon.”
Hawat considered that the President of the Republic and the Prime Minister-designate shoulder a huge responsibility in accelerating government formation. “We are before two options, either to form a government that conforms to Hezbollah's specifications or no government!” he added cynically. “Hezbollah has imposed its conditions in the previous stage and is doing so this time round regarding the government formation and developing a future plan for running the country,” Hawat added.
Regarding the Economic Summit in Beirut and the failure to extend an invitation to the Head of the Syrian regime to attend, Hawat explained, “the legitimacy of the Syrian regime cannot be recognised without the recognition of the Arab League and before a clear statement is issued, in addition to the lack of international recognition in this respect.” Hawat stressed, “We cannot surpass the international and Arab legitimacy in this matter nor can Lebanon stand against them...We must keep things at the level of diplomatic representation until a formal decision is taken by the Arab and international legitimacies.”
The majority of the Arab League called for Assad's resignation from the presidency after he ordered crackdowns and military sieges on Arab Spring protesters, which led to the Syrian Civil War.