Ibrahim Resumes Mediation after Aoun-Miqati Statements Spark Pessimism


"Calm" has returned after statements issued by President Michel Aoun and PM-designate Najib Miqati led to pessimism regarding the cabinet formation process, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Friday.

It said General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim resumed his mediation after the two sides issued clarifications.

The daily added that although the disagreement is now limited to the economy portfolio, the chances of imminent government formation are fifty-fifty.

"It has become clear that everyone is dealing with Ibrahim's initiative as being the last chance," al-Akhbar said, adding that if the new government is not formed within days there will be no government in the foreseeable future.

Miqati's office had lamented that "some are insisting on turning the cabinet formation process into a political bazar."

The Presidency's press office quickly issued a statement saying that Aoun is not seeking a so-called blocking one-third in the government.

It later issued a statement clarifying that its initial remarks were not addressed against Miqati. Al-Akhbar reported that Miqati also clarified his stance.

Comments 7
Thumb lubnani.masi7i 03 September 2021, 14:13

Our General Security is managed and controlled by a Hezbollah agent.

Thumb i.report 03 September 2021, 22:03

He’s one of them

Thumb warrior 03 September 2021, 23:54

Lebanon deported Reuters journalist after questioning


Thumb i.report 04 September 2021, 00:46

Lebanon is becoming another Iran… no freedom of press!

Thumb ashtah 04 September 2021, 01:20


Thumb ashtah 04 September 2021, 01:20

Only 2 dats ago, Aoun said Freedom of Expression is sacred:)!

Thumb justice 04 September 2021, 20:26

He is doing mediation but wanted in the port explosion as a suspect:))!