Report: Berri Angry at 'Foiling' President’s Efforts ‘Last-Minute’
When the presidential consultations to end the government impasse began last week, Speaker Nabih Berri was reportedly “betting on their success” in recording a breakthrough but was annoyed when that positivity “hit a brick a wall,” media reports said on Saturday.
“Lack of responsiveness to the efforts of President Michel Aoun had a negative impact on Berri who expressed his obvious indignation,” said al-Joumhouria daily.
“In this situation, I can’t but be more upset to the point of anger. The situation is intolerable. The country is falling apart and many are watching this fall. Unfortunately, speech is no longer useful, because there is no one to hear,” angry Berri was quoted as telling the newspaper.
What annoys me the most is the fact that we were on the verge of finding a solution, but they pushed it away for reasons i have no knowledge of,” stressed the Speaker, urging political parties away from provocations
Last week, President Michel Aoun kicked off consultatons with parties related to the government formation gridlock.
He held separate talks with Berri, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, and the six pro-Hizbullah Sunni MPs whose demands for representation in the new government lies in the heart of the “latest problem” delaying the formation.
The last-minute Sunni hurdle emerged first when the new government was on the verge of formation on October 29 after the Lebanese Forces accepted the portfolios that were assigned to it.
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 three Shiite ministers in a bid to press him.
Hariri has rejected the demand, announcing that he’d rather step down than give the aforementioned lawmakers a seat from his own share in the government.