Aoun's Bloc Slams Hariri Line-Up, Bid to 'Encroach' on President Powers

W460

The Strong Lebanon parliamentary bloc on Tuesday criticized a draft Cabinet line-up presented by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Monday, warning of a perceived attempt to "encroach" on President Michel Aoun's powers and "bypass the results of the parliamentary elections."

“We reject the monopolization of confessional representation and we see an attempt to bypass and disrespect the results of the parliamentary elections,” MP Ibrahim Kanaan said after the bloc's weekly meeting.

“There is an attempt to bypass the president's role. Did the Taef Accord abolish the president's role? Is it a threat to state institutions if he practices his powers?” the MP lamented.

He added: “We respect the jurisdiction of all state institutions and what we heard yesterday after the Baabda statement was unacceptable. President Aoun is entrusted with real and true partnership.”

Hariri announced Monday that he presented to Aoun a format for "a national unity government" that does not entail a "victory" for a political camp over another. Speaking to reporters after a long-anticipated meeting with Aoun in Baabda, Hariri said the proposed format would involve "sacrifices from all parties."

The Presidency said Aoun voiced reservations over the line-up based on “the standards that he had announced for the government's format which are necessary to achieve the country's interest.”

Comments 8
Thumb justin 04 September 2018, 18:44

"We reject the monopolization of confessional representation"

You had no problem with that when you declared Saniora's government unconstitutional when the hezbollah shia ministers resigned or when you formed a government without mustaqbal in Miqati's government.

Thumb eagledawn 04 September 2018, 19:28

The Presidency said Aoun voiced reservations over the line-up based on “the standards that he had announced for the government's format which are necessary to achieve the country's interest.”

Where in the Constitution does refer to 'Standards' announced by the president to form a government.?

Thumb janoubi 04 September 2018, 19:41

Happy for Hariri

Thumb Zaghloul 04 September 2018, 20:37

the biggest crook is the shortest

Thumb s.o.s 04 September 2018, 21:30

Even seated he’s shorter! He definitely could benefit from a booster!

Thumb whyaskwhy 04 September 2018, 22:33

Poor old PM designate he may quit again! and then what another Miqati government?

Thumb lebanonforever 05 September 2018, 03:46

bla bla bla bla.....

This is a show... nothing but a display of corrupt liars hijacking Lebanon and her people.. namely the Christians...

All of you that sold your vote to these FPM'ers, you need to STOP and wake up from following these liars...

Thumb liberty 05 September 2018, 05:16

How did these 'change and destroy' know of Hariri's lineup? It was supposed to be between him and aoun only???