Hezbollah Chief: Lebanon PM Rejected Compromise Under U.S. Pressure

Nasrallah slams caretaker PM Hariri for refusing to reject international tribunal into his father's death, which is expected to implicate members of Hezbollah.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah condemned caretaker Prime Minsiter Saad Hariri on Sunday for rejecting a proposed Saudi-Syrian compromise with Hezbollah due to pressure from the United States.

Nasrallah further slammed Hariri for not accepting a compromise between the two Lebanese factions, which demanded that Hariri announce that Lebanon would cease funding an international tribunal investigating the death of his father, former president Rafik Hariri, which may link Hezbollah to his death. By rejecting it, Hariri would have undermined the panel's legitimacy in the eyes of the Lebanese public.

The Hezbollah leader claimed that the two factions have already reached an agreement in which Lebanon will reject the findings of the tribunal, but then Hariri left for a series of meeting in the United States where he allegedly changed his mind due to U.S. pressure and stated that he could not agree to the compromise.

Nasrallah also said Sunday that his group and its allies would not back Hariri to form a new government in talks expected to begin on Monday.

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"The opposition unanimously will not name Hariri tomorrow" as their candidate for prime minister, he said. He refused to say who they would support.

Hariri's government collapsed on Wednesday after Hezbollah and its allies resigned in a dispute over indictments expected to be issued by a UN-backed tribunal.

The indictments are expected to be issued early next week and accuse members of the Shi'ite militant group.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman called parliamentarians for consultations on Monday on forming a new government. Hariri's bloc says he is their only candidate.