Berri: If Diab Doesn't Want to Support Me I'll Still Support Him

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Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri on Monday said that Prime Minister-designate Hassan Diab “has imposed on himself conditions which were not required from him, which has made the formation process more difficult for him.”

Calling for the formation of “a government that combats corruption and rescues the country,” Berri added: “I don’t want Hassan Diab to confine me or to confine himself. If he doesn’t want to support me I will still support him.”

“I will back him, but it is not necessary that I take part” in the new government, Berri went on to say, in remarks to a delegation from the Press Syndicate.

“Fifty percent of the economic deterioration has purely political reasons and I assure you that it is possible to rescue Lebanon and halt the decline, seeing as politics is the main issue,” the Speaker added.

“I have rejected a purely political government and a government should be formed as soon as possible,” Berri said, noting that his bloc would grant it its confidence.

Commenting on the popular uprising that has been rocking Lebanon since October 17, the Speaker said: “In the beginning, I felt that I was one of them, but things have changed and there is no revolution anymore. The protest movement is being led by three TV channels.”

Berri also reiterated that the caretaker government should perform its duties.

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Comments 8
Thumb gma-bs-artist. 13 January 2020, 19:01

They handpicked Diab imagine not supporting him. Who's the next patsy that will accept their nomination and where the hell would they find him. Regardless, Berri wants to combat corruption; this, I'd like to see LOL

Thumb ex-fpm 13 January 2020, 19:26

“Fifty percent of the economic deterioration has purely political reasons and I assure you that it is possible to rescue Lebanon and halt the decline, seeing as politics is the main issue,” the Speaker added.

Political reasons and not your blatant greed and corruption? Lebanon has 64,000 public employees that do nothing and had been hired simply because of political reasons. They cost the treasury over $4.5 billion paper year. This in addition to the employees necessary to run the public sector.

The wage scale this mafia boss insisted on 18 months ago was the final nail in the country's coffin.

Thumb ex-fpm 13 January 2020, 19:37

*per year

Missing samiam 13 January 2020, 19:32

So, he is becoming desperate and resorting to threats now. He wants it his way and that's the only way he will accept.

Once a thug, always a thug.

Thumb thepatriot 13 January 2020, 20:32

He is playing the good cop bad cop game with Diab. They fool no one.

Thumb thepatriot 13 January 2020, 20:34

"it is possible to rescue Lebanon and halt the decline"

The Money you stole over 3 decades would surely save it if you gave it back!!!

Thumb wassupmanigga 13 January 2020, 23:07

The one person that feels the most threatened by the revolution is him no one else. He knows and he is so insecure abt it bec of his known rampant corruption and abuse of power that the min anyone gets close to verdun he panics. His response to protesters has been a combination if fear and iranian suppression, why ya beggi?

Thumb lebanonforever 13 January 2020, 23:45

Another example of a corrupt liar who says 1 thing but means 20 other things..

Naharnet needs to stop giving these guys media exposure...

All media outlets have an obligation to report the truth and give the Lebanese people alone media exposure..