Tawhid Movement leader Wiam Wahhab said that former Prime Minister Omar Karami will next week be appointed Lebanon’s premier.
Wahhab told the Voice of Lebanon (100.5) radio that Democratic Gathering bloc leader MP Walid Jumblatt has prevented turmoil in the country. However, it is not yet clear whether Jumblatt will nominate Prime Minister Saad Hariri or another candidate for the premiership.
“Jumblatt was from the beginning keen on having the initiatives [to end the Lebanese impasse] succeed…He [did not submit] to any pressure but acted based on his convictions.”
Jumblatt reportedly decided to side with the opposition during the upcoming consultations to name a new premier. The MP, however, has not made any official statement regarding his position. He is scheduled to hold press conference on Friday at 4:30 p.m.
Lebanon’s unity government collapsed last Wednesday after Hezbollah and its allies pulled their 10 ministers from cabinet and one minister close to President Michel Sleiman announced his withdrawal, providing the necessary number of resignations for the government to fall.
Hariri is now heading a caretaker government pending the outcome of consultations already postponed to next Monday between Sleiman and parliamentarians on the appointment of a new premier.
Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement said that they will not back Hariri for the premiership.