Aoun Warns Timeframe for Forming Govt. 'Not Open-Ended'

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President Michel Aoun has warned that the timeframe for forming the new government is "not open-ended," hinting that he might take action in early September.

"The timeframe is not open-ended and no one has the right to take the whole country hostage or to paralyze it," al-Akhbar daily quoted Aoun as saying in remarks published Tuesday.

"I will only wait until the first of September. After that we will talk. Yes, we will talk," the president added.

Al-Akhbar noted that Aoun wants the government to be formed before his travel to New York in the second half of September to attend the works of the U.N. General Assembly.

Turning to the controversy over the Lebanese-Syrian relations, Aoun said "rushing the debate over such files" is aimed at "obstructing the formation process and imposing preconditions."

PM-designate Saad 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 has told reporters 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 that the PM-designate has “informed Hizbullah” that his remarks were a “slip of the tongue.”

Comments 6
Thumb ex-fpm 21 August 2018, 14:35

Aoun Warns Timeframe for Forming Govt. 'Not Open-Ended'

but you said it was open ended in 2010 unless your son in law was made minister.

Thumb bronco 22 August 2018, 18:14

so true and they closed the parliament for over 2 years when it suited them

Thumb fakenews 21 August 2018, 15:13

But there is no time-frame for forming the new government, it is open-ended. Read the constitution or is that something you only bring up when it suits you? If Bassil keeps his gluttony and you refuse to sign all lineups, your whole term could pass by without a government forming. Which would make you unique in that you will go down in history as the only person to claim the combined dubious distinctions of the worst ever President and Prime Minister of this Republic and it's only deserter Army commander.

Missing rabiosa 21 August 2018, 16:46

what constitution? no one follows it's laws. it's a banana republic and failed state.

Thumb eagledawn 21 August 2018, 17:22

Al-Akhbar noted that Aoun wants the government to be formed before his travel to New York in the second half of September to attend the works of the U.N. General Assembly.

الله يحميه
A fearless man, a real leader.

I pray nothing bad happens to him like a plane crash, or a sudden shortness in breath leading to a massive fatal heart attack, or a mild stroke that leaves him 'speechless'.

Thumb whyaskwhy 21 August 2018, 19:23

Does this quisling do anything but to warn people? when is the last time he actually did do something for the welfare of the nation? the Lebanese nation that is and not his Syrian or Iranian masters....