Miqati Reportedly Tells Aoun He'll Quit in 3 Weeks if No Govt.
Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati told President Michel Aoun in their meeting on Monday that he will give himself a three-week deadline to form the new government, informed sources said.
“He won’t tolerate that his mission be prolonged any further,” the sources told al-Joumhouria newspaper in remarks published Tuesday.
“PM-designate Miqati was not surprised by President Aoun’s inflexibility and his insistence on the interior and justice portfolios,” the sources added.
The daily meanwhile quoted “credible sources” as saying that the four meetings that have been so far held between Aoun and Miqati “did not witness any notable progress.”
“To the contrary, the previous obstacles are still the same and this is not reassuring,” the sources added.
The informed sources also said that Miqati does not prefer that the so-called sovereign portfolios be re-distributed “as long as there is an agreement on keeping the finance portfolio with the Shiite sect.”