Bassil Says Some Insisting on Forming Govt. 'without Consultations with Anyone'


Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil on Sunday decried that “a single camp” is seeking to form the new government “without consultations” with the other political parties, in an apparent reference to Prime Minister-designate Mustafa Adib and his backers.

“Why is there insistence on the formation of a government by a single camp, without consultations with anyone, under the slogan of expert, nonpartisan (ministers)?” Bassil said at a press conference.

“They’re saying, ‘Either the government gets formed the way we want, or else the (French) initiative would fail and the country would collapse,’” the FPM chief lamented.

“How can characteristics and names be specified by a single camp in the country although it does not have the parliamentary majority? Is this how a parliamentary system works in other countries?” Bassil asked, in an apparent jab at al-Mustaqbal Movement and ex-PMs Najib Miqati, Tammam Salam and Fouad Saniora.

Commenting on Speaker Nabih Berri’s insistence on the allocation of the finance portfolio to a Shiite figure, Bassil said “the Constitution is clear” and it does not allocate a portfolio to “a certain sect.”

“If the objective is to enshrine the third (Shiite) signature (on important decrees), this would be an attempt at tripartite power-sharing and we certainly reject it,” he added.

Bassil, however, noted that the FPM supports the principle of the rotation of ministerial portfolios “but not reliance on foreign support to impose anything on each other.”

“We are not with the exploitation of a certain situation to break one another,” he said.

Bassil also pointed out that the FPM does not have “a desire to take part in the government,” while stressing that it will “facilitate its formation.”

He also said that the FPM has an initiative that involves “discussing the issue of Lebanon’s neutrality around a dialogue table”, “speeding up the file of extracting gas and oil” and “demarcating land and maritime borders.”

Comments 28
Thumb EagleDawn 13 September 2020, 12:24

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

Thumb EagleDawn 13 September 2020, 12:25

libanaisresilient 8 hours ago

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

Thumb EagleDawn 13 September 2020, 12:26

"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 September 2020, 12:26

constantine 7 hours ago
The voice of justice.

Thumb EagleDawn 13 September 2020, 12:26

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

Thumb EagleDawn 13 September 2020, 12:26

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

Thumb EagleDawn 13 September 2020, 12:26

"constantine 12 minutes ago
Allah yi7meek President Bassil"

Missing 13 September 2020, 12:28

The PM has the right to form the government. You can vote it up or down in Parliament. That is the way it was supposed to be.

Default-user-icon New Lebanon (Guest) 13 September 2020, 12:58

Deranged, Ignorance, stupidity that what I see in the picture.

Missing samiam 13 September 2020, 13:23

Hope the US puts sanctions on Randa Barry. Everyone has long suspected of Barry being a thief---in the last few days, he has demonstrated to the world. Iran is running out of money to give to them so they and kizb are trying their best to find another source they can take as their own.

Default-user-icon Aqua (Guest) 13 September 2020, 13:38

Pull out the roots to clean the rotten ground .
Simply at this stage every one is climbing on walls .
Macron has all the $’s and a collaborator with the devils. Why don’t they seize it and
Bring it back to Lebanon . No one to trust so the keep it as is to benefit the French people.
Simply knives are cutting on Lebanese skins.
Here is my scenario of which is an imagination
Israel to stay and it will make Turkey take over half Lebanon and hizib Allah 1/4 of Israel.
Iran will play suntan on our beaches and a French boy will be the Lebanese proforma or president.

Long live the dreams

Default-user-icon Thunder2020 (Guest) 13 September 2020, 13:55



Default-user-icon Rooh (Guest) 13 September 2020, 14:03

Michel Aoun and Gebran Bassil have single-handedly caused the most damage to Lebanon, which has much bigger problems to deal with than Covid, such as the Iranian virus and Hezbollah virus. We need a vaccine quickly.

Missing kazan 13 September 2020, 14:47

This man said:Is this how a parliamentary system works in other countries?” Bassil asked,

Answer to this man: in civilised countries they have different standard with regards to the integrity and honesty of the members of parlement. you with your co-politicians whether allies or opposition have expired you have to understand how the civilised world think of you.

Thumb 13 September 2020, 15:36

Stop whining and put your money where you mouth is.

Thumb gma-bs-artist. 13 September 2020, 17:45

Bassil says "some insisting on forming government without Consultations with Anyone" and everyone watching his press conference said in unison "yeah we know, we're looking at it!".

Missing cedars 13 September 2020, 18:42

It's called transition emergency government because a massacre occurred on aug4th and the current remaining people in power have done this how you run a country?

Missing cedars 13 September 2020, 18:48

Stay out of the Americans and Europeans or else you are going to hell very soon along with every Lebanese citizen, at which point only history will write about those facts and how low you are.

Default-user-icon ShexArz (Guest) 13 September 2020, 19:00

‘Help, they wanna take me out!’ Said the man in the picture.

Thumb jaafarzouaiter 13 September 2020, 19:43

He's panicking so trying to revive the old Aounist rhetoric, he cannot fool many Christians with it any more.

Missing kazan 13 September 2020, 20:57

You mean cannot fool many Lebanese . If we really want a better Lebanon, then we the ordinary people should stop talking in dividing the population in religion.

Thumb thepatriot 13 September 2020, 21:26

He just doesn't get it... not a very clever man this Bassil obviously...

Default-user-icon Former FPM Supporter (Guest) 14 September 2020, 00:11



Default-user-icon Joseph Hitti (Guest) 14 September 2020, 09:25

Bassil brought Aoun to his demise by making him do a 180 degree turn in his policies since 2005. He convinced him to ally himself with Hezbollah and Syria in order to become president. In his interviews before 2006, Aoun called the Shebba Farms occupation a lie and a pretext for Hezbollah to remain armed; he pitied the Israelis and called on Palestinians and Hezbollah to stop their suicide attacks and recognize the humanity of the Israeli people; he never referred to Israel as an enemy, while constantly calling Syria an occupier. Check out Aoun's interviews with MTV in 2002-2003. Aoun must hate Bassil so much for turning Aoun's controversial legacy into an avowedly monumental disaster.

Thumb Geralt 14 September 2020, 10:31

lol in this one he looks like ya nousso!

But I admit that each time I see his ugly face I find myself singing "Hela, Hela, Hela Hela Ho!"

Default-user-icon Former FPM Supporter (Guest) 14 September 2020, 13:53

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Default-user-icon Former FPM Supporter (Guest) 14 September 2020, 13:59

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Default-user-icon Former FPM Supporter (Guest) 14 September 2020, 14:02

Joseph Hitti ... stop dreaming that Michel Aoun ever had good intentions.

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