Grand Serail Officials Pessimistic on Solution to Controversial Issues

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Officials at the Grand Serail have warned that the government would not be able to resolve major controversial issues over lack of harmony among its members.

“Delusional are those who think that this cabinet will resolve big differences,” the officials, who were not identified, told al-Joumhouria daily published on Friday.

“Everybody knows that it is not homogenous,” they said.

The officials described it as the cabinet of “bickering political parties,” but said its mission is to run the affairs of the people and the state, which doubled after the end of President Michel Suleiman's term.

The cabinet crisis grew earlier this month over accusations by the Free Patriotic Movement of MP Michel Aoun that Prime Minister Tammam Salam is infringing on the powers of the Christian president.

The cabinet assumed the head of state's executive powers after the end of Michel Suleiman's term in May last year. But the FPM is now demanding changes to its working mechanism, saying its ministers should have a say in setting the agenda of the cabinet by claiming that they represent the president in his absence.

The cabinet discussed the decision-making mechanism on Thursday but failed to reach a decision. The issue was adjourned for discussion next Tuesday.

Salam has reportedly hinted that he would resign if the government was unable to reach an agreement on the mechanism.

Sources close to him told the Kuwaiti al-Seyassah daily that his resignation was an option but he would not take such action under these difficult circumstances.

However, the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat said that a number of officials, mainly ex-PM Saad Hariri, had contacted Salam and urged him to slow down any step that would “aggravate the vacuum at the state's institutions, and to give contacts among officials a chance.”



Comments 9
Thumb eagledawn 24 July 2015, 08:39

“Everybody knows that it is not homogenous,” they said.
It will never be homogenous as long as you have iranians claiming to be Lebanese part of the government.

Missing rami.batroun 24 July 2015, 09:05

You are so right!! The solution is to allow Saudi defacto control of the government through its mustaqbal proxy.

Heck any opposition can be bought with monthly payments and whilst we're at it lets extend all officials under mustaqbal influence as well.

Missing humble 24 July 2015, 09:11

Why don't you ever talk about Iran????

Thumb justin 24 July 2015, 09:16

Typical aouni logic. So Suleiman who on May 8th did nothing to stop the HA invasion of Beirut and later (and as a reward) became President was a Saudi defacto control of the government.

Gneral Qahwaji is now a defacto Saudi control.....
Shameless people you aounis....

Thumb canadianpaul 24 July 2015, 18:26

@rami.batroun The Miqati government was all Syrian/Iranian lackeys and apparently homogenous, yet was worse than this one. They accomplished nothing (apart from Imbassil stealing $B1.2 for an electricity plant that was never built).

So, spare us your shit about Saudis, Takfiris and Israelis. The road to Jerusalem doesn't go through Jounieh... (if you're old enough to remember)

Thumb galaxy 24 July 2015, 08:57

اليمن تمنع اللبنانيين الدخول اليها… والسبب حزب الله

Thumb galaxy 24 July 2015, 08:59

“حزب الله” يحرق النفايات عند أسوار المطار.. والطيران المدني يحذر

Thumb justin 24 July 2015, 09:18

it is their airport and they can do whatever they like with it...!

Missing humble 24 July 2015, 09:10

Get the mareed man to an asylum and Lebanon is saved.