The Free Patriotic Movement, the largest Christian bloc in Lebanon, warned Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, today, against marginalizing President Michel Aoun and other parliamentary blocs in negotiations related to forming a government.
A dispute has been going on for months between Hariri and Aoun over the formation of the government, which dashes hopes of changing the course of the worsening financial collapse in Lebanon.
Hariri says that the Free Patriotic Movement is trying to dictate whoever holds the cabinet seats so that it has the right to veto decisions.
The current headed by Gebran Bassil, who is also Aoun’s son-in-law, accused Hariri of trying to mobilize the majority of his supporters.
A statement by the Free Patriotic Movement stated that the Political Council of the Free Patriotic Movement warns of “the danger of the exclusionary trend that the State of the President-designate is pursuing in his dealings with the President of the Republic and with the relevant parliamentary blocs.”
And Hariri was nominated last October to form a government after the resignation of Hassan Diab’s government in the wake of the Beirut port explosion, which killed 200 and damaged large parts of the city.
And Diab’s government remains until now to conduct business.
On Monday, the eighteenth meeting between Hariri and Aoun did not achieve any tangible results.
Lebanon is going through a deep financial crisis that poses the greatest threat to its stability since the 1975-1990 civil war. A new government is needed to implement reforms that would open the way for foreign aid.
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