LF Reportedly Mulling Resignation from Government
Amid growing tensions between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces inside and outside the government, the LF is “inclined” to ask its ministers to “resign,” a media report said.
LF leader Samir Geagea, who is currently in Australia, has told the LF ministers, “Prepare yourselves for resignation,” an LF source told ad-Diyar newspaper in remarks published Sunday.
“He has put the LF’s senior officials in this picture in protest at the prevalent approach in running the country’s affairs,” the source said.
“We have tried to reform to no avail,” the source added.
Noting that LF deputy chief MP George Adwan did not express his own opinions in his latest speech in Parliament but rather those of the LF’s leadership, the LF source stressed that “the resignation of the LF’s ministers is not a rumor or a story for political circulation but rather a serious decision that will manifest itself within day, two weeks or perhaps when Dr. Geagea returns from his Australia trip.”
Ad-Diyar quoted informed political sources as saying that the LF “has reservations over Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s performance and his submission to the president in all issues.”
“The LF no longer sees any transparency in the government’s performance and it does not believe that the state is inclined to put an end to shady deals and the waste of public money,” the sources added.
LF sources meanwhile lamented that “AMAL Movement, Hizbullah, the Progressive Socialist Party, al-Mustaqbal and (MP Suleiman) Franjieh are taking everything they want in the administrative appointments, while the LF -- the presidential tenure’s partner -- is being deprived of everything despite having three ministers in the Cabinet.”
Christian “appointments are confined to the FPM and they only get approved following a meeting between the prime minister and Minister Jebran Bassil,” the sources decried.
The LF sources however reassured that there will be no return to the pre-Maarab Agreement era between the LF and the FPM despite their different governance mentalities and political disagreements.