Aoun 'Convinced' Foreign Meddling behind Govt. Delay


President Michel Aoun has become “convinced” that “foreign interference” is behind the ongoing delay in the Cabinet formation process, sources close to him have said.

In remarks to UAE's al-Khaleej newspaper published Sunday, the sources said the president believes foreign meddling is pushing Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat to show “inflexibility” in their demands.

“President Aoun absolves PM-designate Saad Hariri of the obstruction accusation and believes that he is confused, seeing as he (Hariri) fears a clash with these foreign forces at this stage and is trying as much as possible to avoid a clash with Geagea and Jumblat,” the sources added.

“President Aoun does not want to cause irreversible damage to his ties with Hariri and has not pressed him to accept a government format based on majority rule, but he is questioning the delay and regretting that foreign forces have interfered in the crisis,” the sources went on to say.

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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Thumb justin 19 August 2018, 13:06

Aoun 'Convinced' Foreign Meddling behind Govt. Delay

Yes, Foreign Meddling!

National News Agency: Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has discussed the latest developments in Yemen with a Huthi delegation led by the spokesman Mohammed Abdul Salam.

بعد ميليشيا “عصائب أهل الحقّ” في الجنوب… ميليشيا “الحوثي” بضيافة نصرالله في بيروت

Thumb galaxy 19 August 2018, 13:09

Best example of Lebanon's dissociation policy:)

Thumb marcus 19 August 2018, 15:03

I wonder if abbas ibrahim offered the huthi delegation the VIP lounge upon their arrival?

Thumb s.o.s 19 August 2018, 13:12

Mr Aoun isn't convincing at all, that's the problem. He has no credibility whatsoever and that's because he never had the legitimacy to occupy the chair. we was hand picked by a bunch of corrupt and legally expired MPs.

Thumb galaxy 19 August 2018, 13:13

As the iranian terrorist militia claimed "it is all part of the Saudi scheme". It was the Saudis that forced Bassil to abandon the Maarab agreement, insist on giving Arslan a ministerial position, and on including 'normalizing' ties with the 'victorious' Syrian regime as Pierre Raffoul put it.

Thumb ___flamethrower___ 19 August 2018, 13:23

Never has Lebanon known or seen a president who is against foreign meddling as much as this one, ever!

Thumb s.o.s 19 August 2018, 13:42

Neva eva!

Thumb marcus 19 August 2018, 15:41

If you say so POS, if you say so.

Thumb Puppet 19 August 2018, 16:04

You Ask Me: Puppet; why do you respect general aoun who is now president and imam?
I Answer: Dunno, I just do.

Thumb eagledawn 19 August 2018, 17:20

'Pity of You Southern....'
You will be 'Catched' and Soon!

Thumb s.o.s 19 August 2018, 17:46


Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 19 August 2018, 20:55

The delay is because some parties are as usual asking for a share that the self styled strong christian president insisted is undeserving and unconstitutional and foreign meddling is pushing those parties to be inflexible in their demands.

it's self explanatory

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 19 August 2018, 21:37

Who planed to engage the country into a civil strife again princess