Aoun Runs Political Consultations in Wake of Hariri's Resignation

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President Michel Aoun held a series of meetings on Tuesday at the Presidential Palace with former presidents, premiers, speakers and other officials where discussions focused on the measures needed in the wake of PM Saad Hariri's shock resignation.

Sources from the Presidential Palace assured that no decision will be made before reviewing the reasons for Hariri's resignation, stressing that Aoun has assured that he is “waiting for PM Hariri's return to Beirut to inquire about the circumstances of the resignation and decide on the next steps.”

In the afternoon, Aoun met with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, the head of Hizbullah's Loyalty to Resistance bloc MP Mohammed Raad, Kataeb Party chief MP Sami Gemayel, Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh, Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan, the representatives of the Progressive Socialist Party Taimur Jumblat and Ghazi Aridi, and MP Hagop Pakradounian of the Tashnag Party.

Geagea declined to make a statement after the talks, saying he would comment on the developments in a Wednesday evening TV interview.

Taimur Jumblat for his part said "dialogue remains the basis for overcoming any challenge."

"We are visiting the president to stress our commitment to reaching a settlement under the ceiling of state institutions," Jumblat added.

Former President Michel Suleiman said after meeting Aoun earlier in the day: “The solution lies in national consensus that may produce a government of technocrats to run the upcoming parliamentary elections.”

Former Prime Minister Najib Miqati expressed optimism and stated: “President Aoun has explained to me why he is temporizing before taking any decision. I am optimistic and I trust the President's vision.”

For his part ex-PM Fouad Saniora urged for vigilance to address the “internal and external accumulated imbalances and return to non-alignment and neutrality and the restoration of the strong State.”

“PM Hariri will return and we will always stand by his side,” he emphasized.

The President has also received former president Emile Lahhoud, ex-Speaker Hussein al-Husseini. Ex-PM Tammam Salam could not attend due to travel reasons.

Aoun also met with Mustaqbal MP Bahia Hariri.

PM Hariri announced his shock resignation on Saturday in a broadcast from the Saudi capital, decrying what he called the "grip" of Hizbullah and Iran on Lebanon. He also said he feared for his life.

In the speech, he accused Iran of meddling in Arab affairs and Iran-backed Hizbullah of holding Lebanon hostage.

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah speculated on Sunday that Saudi Arabia had forced Hariri to resign amid the deepening Saudi-Iran rivalry.

Comments 11
Thumb justice 07 November 2017, 14:06

A prime Minister does not have to give one single reason for his resignation according to the constitution. All he has to do is Resign.

Thumb whyaskwhy 07 November 2017, 14:42

Im sure Kizballah has already selected its quisling for a new prime minister. So now we should go for another year without one and in the end some old previous PM will be brought in to appease all. Yup Lebanese management at its best.

Thumb ex-fpm 07 November 2017, 16:02

The message to aoun is clear:

You can form any government you want. If you form it with hezbollah and hezbollah does not beforehand commit to the baabda declaration then consider you have declared war on KSA and the Gulf countries.

The repercussions are:
Bank Withdrawals
Economic Boycott
Suspension of any and all military aid
Deportation of Lebanese from Gulf Countries
Possible military action in one form or another.

Thumb lebnani4ever 07 November 2017, 16:58

and a noose around every Lebanese neck.

Why don't you Mr. President order Hizbiran to hand the weapons and when they refuse bomb south Beirut as you bombed Achrafieh?

Thumb Knight 07 November 2017, 17:01

lol good one!

Thumb Knight 07 November 2017, 17:01

Qatar Airways just recorded its first substantial loss ever and Qatar bank reserves have fallen by $4 billion..

It works!

Thumb s.o.s 07 November 2017, 19:40

Of course Michael.

Thumb Knight 07 November 2017, 16:59

as long as he is sitting on that chair and his son in law is raping the country all is fine.

Thumb Mystic 07 November 2017, 18:31

Hariri is under house arrest, he is still the Prime Minister of Lebanon regardless of the Saudi words forced on him.

He is not allowed to travel back to Lebanon.

Thumb Elemental 07 November 2017, 18:36

It's just talk.

Thumb shab 07 November 2017, 20:02