Alain Aoun: Hariri Must Admit March 8 Has Right to Get Additional Minister

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MP Alain Aoun of the Strong Lebanon bloc has called for resolving the current government deadlock through a solution based on having “no victors and no losers.”

“The obstacle today is that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri must admit that the representation of the March 8 camp has grown bigger and that it has the right to get an additional minister. The (March 8) camp must also contribute to the solution by naming a minister who would represent a solution to the crisis. If this theory is not implemented, we will stay where we are,” Aoun warned in a TV interview.

“The Shiite duo cannot be bypassed in the formation process after they voiced support for the independent Consultative Gathering,” the MP noted.

He added: “If we put aside March 8's mistake of delaying the announcement of its representation demands and the delay in the formation of the Consultative Gathering, the March 8 camp has grown bigger and it has the right to get an additional minister.”

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 pro-Hizbullah Sunni 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.

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil is meanwhile trying to convince the rival parties to accept a settlement based on naming a “consensus” Sunni minister.

Comments 5
Thumb libanaisresilient 18 November 2018, 17:05

I fully agree with Alain Aoun. Everyone who got enough votes has the right to be represented, bad luck for Hariri who got the Sunnis MPs demanding a seat! If there were others from other sect, they equally had right to be represented too! But for now there's only Sunni demanding their rights, and they must be respected.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 18 November 2018, 19:33

The Sunnis MPs outside Mustakbal have already been given a seat, so they are represented. The top vote-getter among the ten non Mustakbal independent Sunnis is getting that seat and he's not one of the six. Four of the six in the pretend block are part of blocks that are already represented. The other two are not the top vote getter, it's their bad luck. Do you want them to be given a seat they don't deserve, I thought you believed in fairness.

Thumb s.o.s 18 November 2018, 20:50

The nepotistic Aoun has spoken, Lebanon must listen lmao.

Thumb libanaisresilient 19 November 2018, 04:43

Makhzoumi is not "independent" in fact, he is a farse produced by Almustaqbal and everyone knows that, so he is quite satisfied with Hariri's choices (whatever it may be). Same applies to other so called "independents", with exception to mikati. So the strategy is smart! Let Hariri deal with the new block, after all these MPs have the right to form a new block in order to get a share that will benefit themselves.

Missing phillipo 19 November 2018, 12:37

The way things are going, the only solution for Lebanons political crisis is for every single Member of Parliament to become a Minister.