- May 7, 2010
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- Political Leaning
Hezbollah is gearing up to take over Lebanon ahead of an international tribunal's ruling on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The London-based al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper reported Tuesday that the Islamist group has been in contact with Shiite group Amal and pro-Syrian organizations in Lebanon in order to set a plan to seize control of the country after the court's ruling.
A source close to Hezbollah told the paper that the plan, which is focused on Beirut and south Lebanon, "Will end Saad Hariri and the Saudis' tenure in Lebanon for good." It is estimated that the UN court will place Hezbollah responsible for the Hariri's assassination.
Comments from Hezbollah seem to suggest violence as a potential outcome of the Hariri tribunal:
Hezbollah deputy chief, Sheikh Naim Kassem, warned Tuesday that the questioning of his party by the court in charge of the investigation into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri could lead to an "explosion" in the country.
If the Lebanese government backs Hezbollah it may avoid such a situation, but the consequences should the Lebanese leaders endorsed such a move would be catastrophic. I am not sure if they are willing to risk it and the current President may resist the tribunal either way.