The Lebanese National Bloc Party released the following statement: The sudden revelation falling on the leaders of the parties in power, including Hezbollah, and general consensus on naming a PM-designate to form the Cabinet, raise a host of questions.
Most notably: Would the government receiving the blessing of this establishment not lead to the same outcome, namely the failure to reform?
How are we to believe that the parties in power will produce a reformist government, if the genuine reforms will hold their leaders accountable?
The Lebanese will not be fooled by recreating the same authority with new means, forms, or names, the most recent being Mustapha Adib.
Hezbollah's Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah says that he is aspiring for a government capable of carrying out reforms, while adding that a few thousands of citizens are not allowed to impose their view in forming an independent Cabinet.
This indicates that the upcoming government will not be independent, and therefore would remain the hostage of its architects; the parties in power and their foreign sponsors.
For this reason, our response to these unsuccessful “cosmetic” attempts to recreate this establishment is the following: No confidence, and the confrontation will remain open with this authority.
As for Nasrallah’s attempts to underestimate the Lebanese who are calling for an independent government, they are neither a few thousand citizens, nor a minority, as he claims. They are the mosaic that took to the streets on October 17 from different regions, religions, sects, and social classes, including people from Hezbollah’s supporters, who are fed up with poverty, humiliation, and corruption affecting all citizens.
The revolution did not and will not fade away before reaching the real change that the Lebanese are aspiring for. The uprising might not have the same scale in all city squares, but it has spread beyond places and spaces and have become rooted in the citizens’ souls, minds, and day-to-day lives.
If some people started today declaring publicly or maneuvering to call for a new social contract, as it was announced by Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in his last speech, we say to all of them that the October 17 revolution laid the foundation of this contract:
Full sovereignty, a civil state, the state of law, social justice, and paving the way for a productive economy. There is no more need after that for dialogue tables for the sects’ parties, quota allocations, and empty promises.
It is the contract of Greater Lebanon’s second century.