Rifi: Aoun Failure to Set Date for Parliamentary Consultations a Constitutional Violation
Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi, a former justice minister and Internal Security Forces chief, announced Monday that President Michel Aoun's “failure to set a date for binding parliamentary consultations to name a premier is a blatant constitutional violation.”
Rifi also rejected what he called “the involvement of figures loyal to the president in the launching of statements that questioned PM (Saad) Hariri's resignation and included fabricated accusations against Saudi Arabia.”
Aoun had announced Saturday that he would wait for Hariri's return to Lebanon and the submission of an official resignation letter.
Hariri announced his shock resignation on Saturday in a broadcast from the Saudi capital.
He cited the "grip" of Hizbullah's ally Iran on the country, and also said he feared for his life.