Aoun Says May Call for Consultations Thursday, Warns against Continued Protests

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President Michel Aoun on Tuesday said that he might call for parliamentary consultations to name a new premier on Thursday or Friday if the parties concerned respond positively to the proposals, as he warned protesters against continued blocking of roads and state institutions.

“The consultations might be held Thursday or Friday pending the answers of the parties concerned and if they don’t respond, we’ll have to postpone for a few more days,” Aoun said in a TV interview broadcast on all local channels.

“We have resolved most obstacles,” he said, adding that “the protest movement must have a say in the new government.”

On the nature of the new government, the president said: “We cannot form a ‘shock government’… A purely technocratic government cannot decide the country's policies.”

“I back the formation of a government equally composed of politicians and technocrats,” he added.

As for Jebran Bassil’s possible re-appointment as a minister in the new government, Aoun said “it is up to Minister Bassil to choose whether or not to be in the new government,” stressing that “no one has the right to put a veto on him.”

Asked about Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea’s insistence that the new ministers must be totally independent, the president said: “Where can I find them? On the moon?”

As for the negotiations with caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Aoun said Hariri was “hesitant” during their latest meeting.

“He has personal reasons,” the president added.

Addressing protesters, Aoun warned: “I tell the Lebanese that their behavior should not be always negative because this would lead to counter-negativity and we would definitely reach an inter-Lebanese clash.”

Asked about the first measures that must be taken after the formation of the new government, the president said: “The return of citizens to their homes so that the cycle of life can return to normal and let the government work in light and not in darkness.”

“The country will die if protesters remain on the streets, even if we don’t use any force against them,” Aoun cautioned.

As for the financial and monetary crisis in the country, Aoun reassured the Lebanese and told them “not to rush to banks and worsen the problem.”

“Their money is secure and we will solve the crisis,” he added.

He also warned that banks that smuggle funds outside Lebanon “will be held accountable.”

Aoun’s remarks appeared to do little to appease protesters on the streets, who swiftly blocked roads across the country to express their dismay.

Timeline
  • 12 November 2019, 22:01

    Aoun to protesters: I tell the Lebanese that their behavior should not be always negative because this would lead to counter-negativity and we would definitely reach an inter-Lebanese clash.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:57

    Aoun: The country will die if protesters remain on the streets, even if we don't use force against them.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:56

    Aoun on first measures that must be taken after government’s formation: The return of citizens to their homes so that the cycle of life can return to normal and let the government work in light and not in darkness.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:51

    Aoun: There is no dollar shortage in Lebanon. Dollars were rather withdrawn from banks and stored in homes and this does not help the Lebanese economy.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:47

    Aoun: Banks that smuggle funds outside Lebanon will be held accountable.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:45

    Aoun: There is no direct communication between me and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:45

    Aoun: I do not fear for the presidential tenure but rather for Lebanon.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:44

    President Aoun has warned protesters against continued blocking of roads and public institutions.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:33

    Aoun: I reassure everyone and tell them not to rush to banks and worsen the problem, seeing as their money is secure and we will solve the crisis.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:31

    Aoun on Hizbullah: No one can force me to eliminate a party that represents one third of the Lebanese people.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:20

    Aoun: There are papers that are better than Hariri's reform paper.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:20

    Aoun on Geagea’s call for a govt. of independents: Where can I find them? On the moon?

  • 12 November 2019, 21:17

    Aoun: Hariri was hesitant during our meeting and he has personal reasons.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:16

    Aoun: I back the formation of a government equally composed of politicians and technocrats.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:11

    Aoun: We cannot form a "shock government." A purely technocratic government cannot decide the country's policies.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:10

    Aoun: It is up to Minister Bassil to choose whether or not to be in the new government and no one has the right to put a veto on him.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:06

    Aoun: I agree to the protest movement’s demands and I have confidence in the people of the protest movement because they are citizens who have suffered and I’ve been searching for them.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:02

    Aoun: I do not absolve myself of responsibility, but given my jurisdiction I have weakness and I cannot impose my will.

  • 12 November 2019, 21:01

    Aoun: I told judges that I can protect them.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:58

    Aoun: Political interference is the first cause of corruption in the judiciary.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:57

    President Aoun said parliamentary consultations to name a new PM may be held Thursday or Friday if the parties concerned respond positively to the proposals.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:52

    Aoun: The consultations might be held Thursday or Friday pending the answers of the parties concerned and if they don’t respond we’ll have to postpone for a few more days.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:47

    Aoun on new government: We have resolved most obstacles.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:45

    Aoun: The protest movement must have a say in the new government.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:44

    Aoun: We must combat corruption, fix the economy and seek a civil state. This is how the state can be built.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:43

    Aoun on "all means all" protest slogan: Not all officials are corrupt.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:42

    Aoun: Confidence has been lost and restoring it needs time.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:42

    Aoun: We need a harmonious government to implement a plan and we must fight corruption.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:40

    Aoun: I have been obstructed by contradictions within the ruling class and contradictions within society.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:36

    Aoun: I have struggled for freedom, sovereignty and independence and now is the time for building a state.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:36

    Aoun: I have assumed the presidency to build a state.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:34

    Aoun: The people's demands are rightful, that's why I responded positively and invited them to a meeting but I did not receive an answer.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:33

    Aoun: We have a conflicted political community.

  • 12 November 2019, 20:32

    Aoun: The protest movement was initially driven by economic demands before it raised political demands... Their demands are legitimate.

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Thumb thepatriot 12 November 2019, 21:04

Plus, I think it is Pampers time... again.

Thumb canadianleb 12 November 2019, 21:10

Wow; this guy is out of touch with reality that it is on the verge of insanity. The good news is he found the "people of the protest movement because they are citizens who have suffered and I’ve been searching for them"

Thumb canadianleb 13 November 2019, 00:52

I bet if they collect the money Berri and his wife stole and don't tell me they didn't and the money the rest of the politicians stole will pay down the debt (11 Billion from Siniora alone). Lebanon is the highest per-capital debt in the world and what do they have to show or the debt; Water, Electricity clean air, jobs . How can you find something better when the Mafia will not allow you Wake up my friend

Missing samiam 12 November 2019, 21:13

Seriously, if you can't say anything in 10 minutes or less, then you won't get my attention. Are you listening Aoun, Nasralla, and other random people?

And Aoun on "all means all" protest slogan: Not all officials are corrupt."

It doesn't matter what you believe--if the people think a politician is corrupt, then it is up to each politician to demonstrate that they are not corrupt, and to everyone, not their minions. Sorry, guilty until proven innocent--they brought it on themselves.

Thumb canadianleb 12 November 2019, 21:15

I ask you Mr. President you state that "A purely technocratic government cannot take decisions" What decisions have you or your government have taken since you took power other than filling your pockets and the pockets of your family. If there is justice in this world you will be held accountable and put in jail where you and your clan belong.

Thumb s.o.s 12 November 2019, 21:27

Aoun can’t read nor speak English Canadianleb. He only speaks Arabic and some basic French.

Thumb s.o.s 12 November 2019, 21:15

كلن يعني كلن و عون واحد منن

Thumb bronco 12 November 2019, 21:25

He's way out of his depth.. suddenly his speech is about defending the image of Hizballa. the man should resign today before tomorrow, the weakest president ever.

Thumb roflmfao 12 November 2019, 21:29

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Thumb bronco 12 November 2019, 21:31

he is an insult to everyone's intelligence

Missing samiam 12 November 2019, 21:44

I don't think his interview is going well---he probably should have stopped after a couple of minutes. He hasn't said a word which is going to get the protestors off of the streets and if anything, will probably get more out there.

Thumb gebran_sons 12 November 2019, 21:52

This guy is living on the moon. If he cannot address corruption in his own party/house among others, and cannot face up to Hizbollah arms... he may have to be ready as the people will be marching on the presidential palace! Deep entrenched corruption in all parties and Hizb arms are 99% responsible for our economic woes and lost of independence, justice and freedom. Wake up!

Thumb thepatriot 12 November 2019, 21:54

"There is no dollar shortage in Lebanon. Dollars were rather withdrawn from banks and stored in homes"
Ahahahahahahahahahaha...

Thumb thepatriot 12 November 2019, 22:15

« The country will die if protesters remain on the streets, even if we don't use force against them »
WTF!? So this situation is our fault!?

Thumb lebanonforever 12 November 2019, 23:19

I didnt bother watching or listening to this senile dope!

Tell me.. did he actually dribble and nod off mid speech?
or did he lose his temper at some innocent reporter asking a legitimate question

what a circus... if this guy isn't insulting every Lebanese, not sure who is

Thumb eagledawn 12 November 2019, 23:55

الله يحميه
بي الكل

A fearless man - A real leader - A true statesman.

Thumb jabal10452 13 November 2019, 00:25

The problem is that a technocratic government must have its policies approved by the current parliament. We would be then back to square one, and the rot and mismanagement would continue.
A much deeper change is needed in the country, starting with how we elect our representatives.

Thumb barrymore 13 November 2019, 00:46

Aoun on Hizbullah: No one can force me to eliminate a party that represents one third of the Lebanese people.

But you did eliminate one third of the Lebanese people when you wrote an 'one-way ticket' to their representative a few years back.

Thumb enterprise 13 November 2019, 01:59

“لا أبرر نفسي من المسؤولية كوني رئيس جمهورية، ولكن النظام التوافقي في مجلس الوزراء يشل الأمور. يجب ان يزول حكم التوافق في مجلس الوزراء ويجب ان نعود للأكثرية والتصويت، فالقدرة على التنفيذ كانت مشلولة.

How short is his memory?! He was the one insisting on the National Unity government and paralyzed the whole country for years in order to force it on the country.

Thumb s.o.s 13 November 2019, 02:13

thepatriot, it's caused by the combination of captagon and 7asheesh.

Thumb s.o.s 13 November 2019, 02:16

Aoun told the unhappy people to emigrate! This was a huge mistake and he'll pay for this. This deserter will repeat what he's done 29 years ago and I hope this time his cancerous family won't be spared.

Missing samiam 13 November 2019, 07:08

Best president ever.....

Missing lebonknees4peace 13 November 2019, 14:56

Send him to nursing home in France!

Thumb lebanonforever 13 November 2019, 23:51

Comedy, drama, horror show and sad story all in ONE..

But, worse more... this person is nothing but a "project" serving as a "foreign tool"..

No more lies, we cannot try and convince ourselves anymore of anything other than the truth.. he is a HOAX.. a project and paid to destroy Lebanon and the last credible Christian seat..

He deserves jail without food.. disgraceful (hope my comment doesn't get deleted).