BEIRUT (Reuters) - The outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, ruled Monday cohabit with a government led by Hezbollah and its allies, on the first day of consultations held by President Michel Suleiman for the formation of a new firm.
The Shiite movement and its partners in the "alliance of 8 March," which brought down the unity government, Saad Hariri, January 12, refused to support the leader of the Future for another term.
They agreed on the name of Sunni Nadjib Mikati, they say in political circles. They announced Sunday that they would seek to form a partnership government if their candidate receives a majority in parliament.
This scenario is likely to result from the Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, a former ally of Hariri, said Friday that his group would support Hezbollah.
The "alliance of 8 March," which includes the Shiite movements Hezbollah and Amal as well as the formation of the Christian Michel Aoun, has in effect within the 57 elected parliament of 128 seats, plus there's 11 elected group Jumblatt .
In a statement, the Future Movement "does not participate in a government headed by a candidate on March 8.
"There is no compromise candidate in these consultations. There is one candidate named Saad Hariri and one from March 8, and the choice is clear," he adds.
Lebanon was plunged into crisis since the eleven ministers from Hezbollah and its allies resigned in mid-January. The ministers of Hezbollah and expressed their disagreement with the international investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, Saad's father in 2005.
The prosecutor of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, supported by the United Nations, presented last Monday's indictment to the judge. Its contents remain confidential but it is likely to call into question the members of Hezbollah, who denies any responsibility for the bombing that killed Rafik Hariri and 21 others Feb. 14, 2005 in Beirut.
The Shiite movement supported by Iran and Syria, brought down the Hariri government, supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia, after Riyadh and Damascus have vainly tried to reach an agreement to reduce tensions .
Under the system of division of power between communities in Lebanon, the Prime Minister must be a Sunni, a Christian Maronite president and the speaker of parliament a Shiite.
Regarded as a moderate pro-Syrian, Mikati has Nadjib nomination Sunday in advocating "cooperation of all Lebanese (...) to get the country out of this grave crisis."
Mikati has been acting prime minister in April 2005, at the departure of Syrian troops from Lebanon in the context of crisis provoked by the assassination of Rafik Hariri. He headed the government for three months until the June 2005 parliamentary elections won by the Hariri bloc.
Minister of Public Works from 1998 to 2004, along with a term of member of Tripoli, Mikati Nadjib founded the M1 Group, a financial and industrial conglomerate with interests in telecommunications, asset management, trade in luxury, real estate, transportation and oil, according to his official website.
Mariam Karouny, Jean-Philippe Lefief and Jean-Stéphane Brosse for the French service, edited by Gilles Trequesser