Jreissati Says Govt. Can be Formed in Late August if Hariri Decides

The new government can be formed in late August should Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri take the decision to do so, caretaker Justice Minister Salim Jreissati said on Sunday.

“August carries all victories, from 2006 to the Dawn of the Hills (army operation against the Islamic State group), and its end will carry a solution for the 'government's captivity' should Hariri make up his mind and take a brave decision,” Jreissati, who is close to President Michel Aoun, tweeted.

Hariri was tasked with forming a new government on May 24. His mission is being hampered by political wrangling over shares, especially over Christian and Druze representation. Some parties such as Hizbullah and the Free Patriotic Movement have suggested that foreign countries, especially Saudi Arabia, are behind the ongoing delay.

Hariri told reporters Tuesday that the new government “will not be formed” should the pro-Damascus camp “insist on restoring Lebanese-Syrian ties.” But pro-Hizbullah journalist Salem Zahran said Friday that the PM-designate has “informed Hizbullah” that his remarks were a “slip of the tongue.”

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