Bahia Hariri Says PM-Designate 'Not on a Retreat' in Paris

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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is “not on a retreat” in the French capital Paris, MP Bahia Hariri said on Monday.

“The PM-designate is not on a retreat and he is taking his time in the issue of (the cabinet) formation,” the lawmaker, who is also Hariri’s aunt, said.

“We’re full of hope that after President Michel Aoun’s remarks we will head towards a solution,” the MP added.

Hariri has been in Paris on a private visit since Thursday according to his office.

His departure after a last-minute hurdle delayed the formation of his long-awaited government has raised speculation that the PM-designate has left the country in protest at the current situation.

The new cabinet was on the verge of formation last Monday after the Lebanese Forces accepted the portfolios that were assigned to it but a row over the representation of pro-Hizbullah Sunni MPs surfaced.

Hizbullah has backed the MPs' demand and refrained from providing Hariri with the names of its own ministers in a bid to press him to accept giving a seat to the aforementioned Sunni grouping.

Hariri has reportedly announced that he'd rather step down than give the MPs a seat from his own ministerial share.

Comments 7
Thumb warrior 05 November 2018, 19:02

Join him
Lebanon is better off without the Hariri family.

Thumb libanaisresilient 05 November 2018, 20:57

Well said.

Thumb s.o.s 05 November 2018, 20:26

Only Rafik was good in the Hariri family, the rest is rubbish and that’s why hizbala was instructed by Syria and Iran to spare them.

Thumb Puppet 05 November 2018, 20:35

I respect religious women who are in politics.

Thumb libanaisresilient 05 November 2018, 20:57

I got this one! Lol...

Thumb chrisrushlau 05 November 2018, 22:59

Hariri is reportedly on his way to Saudi Arabia in several suitcases.

Thumb libanaisresilient 06 November 2018, 03:03

Have you noticed how the foreign grantors of CEDRE conference are insisting in keeping the funds allocated for Lebanon?? I mean, after 6 months + and no Government! The reason must be either, 1- extremely higher rates of profits, or 2- sharing of funds pre-approved among Bankers and lebanese Politicians at closed doors.
It's getting quite obvious.