'Independent Sunni MPs' Meet Aoun, Insist on Govt. Seat for One of Them

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The Consultative Sunni Gathering, a recently-formed grouping of six pro-Hizbullah MPs, held talks Friday with President Michel Aoun in Baabda to press for their representation in the new government.

“We said that one of the six MPs should be represented and this is the only solution to us,” MP Abdul Rahim Mrad said after the meeting.

“MP Talal Arslan is one individual and he has been represented in the government in one way or another, whereas as his bloc comprises three MPs from the Free Patriotic Movement,” Mrad explained.

“We are a gathering that comprises six MPs who won around 30% of the Sunni vote and when the PM-designate rejects representing those who are outside al-Mustaqbal, this contradicts with what everyone has done," the MP added.

“Why should (Saad) Hariri monopolize Sunni representation in the government whereas all parties from all other sects are represented in it?” Mrad asked.

Noting that Aoun “understood their viewpoint,” the lawmaker said the president asked them to “deal calmly with the issue.”

Told that he belongs to Hizbullah’s Loyalty to Resistance bloc, MP Al-Waleed Sukkariyeh meanwhile said: “I’m in the Resistance bloc and the Consultative Gathering is an alliance of a grouping of Sunni MPs who share the same political approach within the Sunni community.”

Asked about the possibility that Christian MPs who belong to various blocs could voice the same demand, Sukkariyeh said: “Let them form an alliance and demand whatever they want.”

The MPs had visited Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan on Thursday in a bid to garner backing for their call. They also have plans to meet with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi in Bkirki.

The government was on the verge of formation on October 29 after the Lebanese Forces accepted the portfolios that were assigned to it but a last-minute hurdle over the representation of the aforementioned MPs surfaced.

Hizbullah has insisted that the six Sunni MPs should be given a seat in the government, refraining from providing Hariri with the names of its own ministers in a bid to press him.

Aoun -- a Hizbullah ally -- threw his support behind Hariri and rejected the demand during a TV interview, noting that the aforementioned MPs are “individuals and not a bloc.”

Comments 6
Missing ysurais 09 November 2018, 11:01

"the so-called independent Sunni MPs"
at election time most of them - DID have nothing to do with each other, and now suddenly they are a team/ delegation of independent MP's.. not to mention mr samad was part of Frangieh . how funny
My neighborhood and building also need an mp in z parliament , pls Mr designated PM do something!

Thumb libanaisresilient 09 November 2018, 17:01

@ysurais as long as you bldg. and neighbors comprise of individuals who are member of parliament duly elected by people, Go for it! You are entitled to your share portion.

Thumb libanaisresilient 09 November 2018, 17:05

I must agree with Mrad, if Hariri can appoint a lackey masturbator like Choucair who had not even one single vote from the people, why not give a seat to a real MP who were elected by people?

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 10 November 2018, 14:28

What does being an MP have to do with becoming a minister?


Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 10 November 2018, 14:38

How many votes from the people did Hassan Nasrallah ever get? His consent on forming a government or anything else goes above that of the president of the republic and the prime minister. Yet he never got even a single vote and was not even appointed by Lebanese into his current position. He was anointed by a foreign head of state and is his salaried employee. He boasts about it.


Thumb libanaisresilient 09 November 2018, 17:12

Do you think outcome will be much better if Hariri only appoints his own business collaborators to the ministers in order to aid his own private business agenda and continue to follow his orders... instead of having some opposition inside his cabinet? Noooo! I am with Hizbollah on this subject, Let Hariri deal with an insider from other camp, at least his chances to steal the public money will be limited somehow.