Hariri to Continue Govt. Formations Talks after ‘Setback’
The six-month stalled formation of the government saw “positive” signals on Friday that relapsed later during the day when President Michel Aoun insisted on naming the justice minister in the new government.
Reports have said the insistence of Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh on the public works portfolio and the failure to give the president an alternative to the justice portfolio have pushed Aoun to cling to justice and backpedal on the stance he voiced yesterday.
The discussions to tackle the latest “setback” in the government formation talks will continue until a solution is found, VDL (93.3) radio said on Saturday.
Quoting sources closely following up on the formation process, they said a specific date for an expected meeting between PM-designate Saad Hariri and President Michel Aoun in Baabda has not been set yet.
Asked whether he would meet with Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss the issue, Hariri said: "Of course, today I will complete the meetings.”
Government formation talks have reportedly saw a “setback” on Friday because of conflict between the Lebanese Forces and President Michel Aoun over the justice ministry portfolio.
Whether the obstacle is going to be eased, Hariri has reportedly assured that every problem has a solution.