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.

Comments 4
Thumb roflmfao 15 December 2018, 18:17

Poor dude asteez Nabih.. at long last.. able to get the unconstitutional third signature.. and they won't allow him to use it..

Thumb whyaskwhy 16 December 2018, 18:41

Hes never ben able to mend his bridges with Orange. Hes no fool he can smell a rat like him a mile away.

Thumb Mira96 16 December 2018, 20:02

So hizb want to decide who hariri gives his share to and if he doesn't want to then he is the problem? Sounds like foreign jews taking over half of Palestine and demanding to be given the land of the Palestinians and then blaming the Palestinians when they refused the not so great deal where thiefs demand to keep their stolen goods.

Thumb beiruti 16 December 2018, 23:44

Who is the adult here? Who does not have his hand in the cookie jar trying to make private gain from public office? Who has the moral high ground of standing for the institutions of government even when doing so goes against his or her private private interests? Alan? Berri? Jumblatt? Hariri? Patriarch? Nasrallah? Which one? No one!

Meanwhile the government sinks, the national debt grows, the money is devalued, and yet the wealthy promenade across the screens of LBC, MTV, OTV etc. they are all so happy and unconcerned. Why? Because they pay no taxes, they have private services and if things get tough, they have dual citizenships and can go elsewhere. Meanwhile, the Lebanese suffer more now that they are occupied by their own oligarchs than when they were occupied by the Syrian Occupation Force.