Sunni Opposition Reiterates ‘Representation Right’, Rejects ‘Infringement’ on Hariri’s Powers
Sunni lawmakers not affiliated with al-Mustaqbal Movement voiced calls on Friday for their representation in the new Cabinet, nevertheless rejecting infringement on the powers of the Prime Minister.
“What we are asking for is not an obstacle (hampering the government formation) but an emphasis on the right for representation of a sect that has elected Sunni MPs not affiliated with al-Mustaqbal,” Sunni MP Faysal Karami told reporters after the meeting.
The opposition MPs stressed the need “to speed up the formation of a national unity government that excludes none of the political parties,” he stressed.
On the other hand, Karami emphasized that impinging on the Prime Minister’s powers are totally rejected.
“We reject any encroachment on the powers of the premier and ask him not to succumb to foreign or internal pressures,” he added.
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri was tasked with forming a government on May 24.
His mission has since been delayed because of wrangling between political parties over ministerial shares in the Cabinet.
The main obstacles are over the representation of the Druze and Christians, as well as lawmakers not affiliated to Hariri’s al-Mustaqbal Movement.