Hizbullah promises not to turn Lebanon into "Iran"
Hizbullah's No. 2 has dismissed suggestions that a Hizbullah-led government would try to create an Iranian-style Islamic state. According to the AP, Sheikh Naim Qassem said Tuesday the Shiite party would invite its opponents to join a national unity government if it wins the upcoming election.
"After June 7, there will be a new scene," said Qassem. According to him, Hizbullah and its allies "will work to form a national unity government. How much we will succeed is up to the other side."
Qassem projected his alliance would pick up between three and six seats over the 64-seat margin to have an absolute majority in the 128-member parliament. Additionally, he blamed Washington of last-minute efforts to influence the vote, but said they would not work.