Lebanese President Michel Suleiman's call for dialogue this week fell on deaf ears, as the two major political coalitions, March 8 and March 14, refused to come together for talks.
Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah slammed the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in his first reaction to the indictments released last week. The STL issued arrest warrants for four Hezbollah members allegedly involved in the killing of late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Lebanese officials were warned that the U.S. Congress may discontinue military assistance if Hezbollah and its allies take over government. With the new cabinet dominated by Hezbollah, some lawmakers are moving to end all assistance, while others are offering a more nuanced approach by introducing the Hezbollah Anti Terrorism Act (HATA) legislation that would limit, but not end, U.S.
Five months of political void in Lebanon ended with the appointment of thirty new ministers led by Prime Minister Najib Mikati. In a return to the pre-Cedar Revolution era, the new line-up is comprised mainly of ministers close to Hezbollah and the Syrian regime.