Mikati hits back at FPM over Cabinet session

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Friday snapped back at the Free Patriotic Movement after its chief Jebran Bassil strongly criticized him over the issue of holding cabinet sessions amid the ongoing presidential vacuum.

“Our session is being held today amid a campaign against the government waged by a political group that is boycotting the sessions without offering a logical explanation for its stance,” Mikati lamented at the beginning of a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail.

Amid the presidential vacuum, “should the government halt the work of institutions and permanently paralyze people’s interests?” Mikati wondered.

“Does the government bear the responsibility for the presidential void or are the MPs responsible for that? And who said that the ministers taking part in Cabinet sessions do not represent all Lebanese components?” the premier asked.

Defending himself against the FPM’s attacks, Mikati added: “Is it acceptable for political disagreements to reach the extent of insulting people’s dignity and their significant presence in all forums?”

Separately, Mikati revealed that he will soon call for a Cabinet session dedicated to the Syrian refugee file ahead of an EU conference that will be held in Brussels on June 15.

Source: Naharnet

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