Bassil calls on Mikati to quit, Hezbollah to boycott govt. meetings


Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil has called on caretaker PM and PM-designate Najib Mikati to "step down so that the president can call for immediate parliamentary consultations that lead to designating someone else" to form a new government.

In remarks to al-Akhbar newspaper published Saturday, Bassil said that when presidential vacuum begins, Mikati's caretaker cabinet will "lack legitimacy, conformity to the (National) Pact and Christian and parliamentary confidence."

"It will be boycotted by most of its ministers," Bassil added.

Hezbollah meanwhile told Mikati that its two ministers "will not take part in any cabinet session that he would call for during presidential vacuum, in soldiarity with the ministers of the president and the FPM," al-Akhbar said.

The ministers loyal to the president, the FPM, the Tashnag Party and ex-MP Talal Arslan meanwhile held a meeting Friday and agreed to boycott any cabinet session.

Comments 2
Missing rabiosa 29 October 2022, 18:03

Banana republic at it's best. By hook or crook they want to install the "President" they want to continue to rob the treasury, appoint cronies, smuggle across the border at will. In other words they want a continuation of the prior 6 years.

Missing samiam 29 October 2022, 19:40

He is trying to get his last shots in while he can, because whenever the next government happens, he will be shunned and ignored and will start crying like a little baby.