Lebanon's Hizbullah-led opposition will decide this week how to continue its protest against the government and sees little chance of an early end to the standoff, the Shhite movement's deputy leader said.
Sheikh Naim Kassem said late on Monday the opposition would meet in the next two days to decide on the next steps in its campaign, now focused on a demand for early parliamentary elections. Opposition supporters have been camped out in central Beirut since December 1 to demand the anti-Syrian government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora quit.
"The opposition forces will sit together and assess what happened in the last month ... study ideas proposed in the arena -- whether there are horizons for solutions or not," Kassem said in an interview with the movement's al-Manar television station.
"Naturally, it has become clear that the horizons are not very open. Then (the opposition) will take a series of steps, actions," he said in the interview.
Kassem also accused the government of foiling an initiative by Arab League chief Amr Moussa to end the crisis. "The government factions believe time is on their side -- that the opposition will tire. We say to them today the opposition will not tire and is staying in the street," he said.