Bassil Slams Hariri's 'Bravados', Proposes Constitutional Amendment

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Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil on Tuesday hit out at ex-PM Saad Hariri and proposed a constitutional amendment related to the designation of premiers and the formation of cabinets.

“He who wants to head a government of specialists must be the first specialist or must make way for a specialist. And he who wants to head a government of politicians has the right to do so if he is the first politician, while he who likes to mix between both must know how to do the mixture, but without outsmarting attempts and media bravados,” Bassil said in a speech marking the anniversary of President Michel Aoun’s ouster from the Baabda Palace as the head of a military government on October 13, 1990.

Criticizing both Hariri and the club of ex-PMs as well as the Shiite duo over the failure to form a government after Mustafa Adib’s designation as PM, Bassil said a camp sought to “seize a ministerial portfolio in breach of norms and the Constitution” as another tried to “monopolize all ministerial portfolios in breach of all norms and without possessing any parliamentary or National Pact-related majority.”

He added: “The clash over power and fear of the other is big to the extent that the two camps are willing to torpedo the chance to rescue the country in return for making the gain of preserving their positions in the system.”

He also stressed that the “ultimate priority” today is to “stop the financial and economic collapse and form a government that would accomplish this mission and prevent the descent of the country into chaos and sedition.”

Separately, Bassil said the Strong Lebanon bloc will propose a constitutional amendment that would grant the president of the republic a one-month deadline to call for consultations to name a new PM and a similar deadline to the PM-designate to form a cabinet.

“There is no possibility to continue living with this rancid and rotten constitution which was imposed on us through tanks. It exhausted us through corruption and now it wants to end us through paralysis and slow death!” Bassil said.

“Constitutions can be amended, especially if they generate problems instead of solutions. There is a mechanism to amend and improve our constitution without wars but rather through understanding!” he added.

The FPM chief also lashed out at the Lebanese Forces in connection with the October 17, 2019 uprising and some security incidents.

“There is a security problem because we started witnessing scenes of security chaos after October 17,” Bassil said.

“We witnessed systematic blocking of roads, deployment operations, paramilitary marches and threatening messages all the way to the Mirna Chalouhi (standoff between supporters of the LF and the FPM),” Bassil added.

“Seizing control of our society through force is prohibited! There is no problem in doing so through peaceful means and democracy,” the FPM chief went on to say, addressing the LF.

Timeline
  • 13 October 2020, 19:14

    Bassil: We do not want federalism, not because it means partitioning, but rather because it is an advanced format for governance for which our societies are not ready yet.

  • 13 October 2020, 19:12

    Bassil: The ultimate priority today is for stopping the financial and economic collapse and forming a government that would accomplish this mission and prevent the descent of the country into chaos and sedition.

  • 13 October 2020, 19:09

    Bassil: There is no possibility to continue living with this rancid and rotten constitution which was imposed on us through tanks. It exhausted us through corruption and now it wants to end us through paralysis and slow death!

  • 13 October 2020, 19:05

    Bassil: Constitutions can be amended, especially if they generate problems instead of solutions. There is a mechanism to amend and improve our constitution without wars but rather through understanding!

  • 13 October 2020, 19:02

    Bassil proposed a constitutional amendment giving the president a 1-month deadline to call for consultations and a similar deadline to the PM to form a cabinet.

  • 13 October 2020, 18:57

    Bassil said he who wants to head a government of specialists and politicians must know how to “do the mixture without outsmarting attempts and media bravados.”

  • 13 October 2020, 18:49

    Bassil: Seizing control of our society through force is prohibited! There is no problem in doing so through peaceful means and democracy.

  • 13 October 2020, 18:47

    Bassil: We witnessed systematic blocking of roads, deployment operations, paramilitary marches and threatening messages all the way to the Mirna Chalouhi (standoff with LF supporters.)

  • 13 October 2020, 18:45

    Bassil: There is a security problem because we started witnessing scenes of security chaos after October 17 (2019).

  • 13 October 2020, 18:43

    Bassil: We have been experiencing the same domestic equation in our society since 1990! Our concern is to rescue the country and their concern is to eradicate us.

  • 13 October 2020, 18:40

    Bassil: We persevere and triumph through political resistance but we think twice when there is an economic confrontation, not because we have grown weaker but rather because our people have weakened and are not able to bear the financial pressures.

  • 13 October 2020, 18:39

    Bassil: Today the weapon is the dollar, and the dollar is not in our hand but rather in the hand of those who print it. This is our point of weakness and they know it and are exploiting it.

  • 13 October 2020, 18:38

    Bassil: There is an economic and financial confrontation aimed at subjugating the country and the people.

  • 13 October 2020, 18:37

    Bassil: We are at the heart of the equation that protects Lebanon and your threats and sanctions are useless.

  • 13 October 2020, 18:31

    Bassil: Last year we warned of an "economic October 13" and they thought that they got rid of us. They still think so and let them keep thinking so!

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Comments 14
Thumb s.o.s 13 October 2020, 18:57

The people are starving and some lost their homes, we couldn’t care less about the Aoun speeches and the corruption they incarnate so well.

Oust, poubelle !

Thumb eagledawn 13 October 2020, 19:30

"libanaisresilient 4 hours ago
Long live Bassil the future President of Lebanese republic!"

Thumb eagledawn 13 October 2020, 19:30

libanaisresilient 8 hours ago

Yeah man, I also think Bassil has Talent to play the Napoleon of Lebanon! Long live GB

Thumb eagledawn 13 October 2020, 19:31

constantine 7 hours ago
The voice of justice.

Thumb eagledawn 13 October 2020, 19:31

"constantine 12 minutes ago
Allah yi7meek President Bassil"

Thumb eagledawn 13 October 2020, 19:31

"constantine 1 hour ago
Without the FPM at the helm there would be no Lebanon.
Lebanon would be a province of ISIS reporting to Riadh.
The reason why Minister Bassil is being subjected to harsh criticism by thieves and traitors to stop him from taking their riches and beating them in the national treasury."

Thumb eagledawn 13 October 2020, 19:31

libanaisresilient 23 minutes ago
You're the man!!! Keep it up!

Thumb eagledawn 13 October 2020, 19:32

libanaisresilient 13 hours ago
OMG another big step towards the Presidency! Long live Bassil! You're the Man!

Thumb eagledawn 13 October 2020, 19:32

"the_roar:
Ladies and Gentlemen: Today you have just listened to the future president of Lebanon. Learn people, learn!"

Thumb ansarullah 13 October 2020, 20:19

God bless the Christian FPM leader who supports the shia resistance and shia rights to the finance ministry.

Shia Shia Shia !!!

Thumb tric.bortugal 13 October 2020, 23:58

Crestins Crestins Crestins!!!

Missing thecause 13 October 2020, 22:12

Gebran bassil , Michel Aoun and the aounists are a curse ...

Default-user-icon Samir Mokdad (Guest) 13 October 2020, 23:07

Gibran Basil : before you lecture us, have the decency to return the millions of dollars you stole from the Lebanese treasury.

Default-user-icon Lea Khoury (Guest) 14 October 2020, 14:56

Eagle dawn is a bought and paid troll ! One of bassil’s slaves .