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The Maronite Patriarch: Lebanon cannot bear any further delay in forming the new government


The Maronite Patriarch, Cardinal Bechara Al-Rahi, affirmed that Lebanon is going through a very dangerous situation and does not bear any further delay in forming the new government, calling on Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to take the initiative and present "an updated government formation" to President Michel Aoun as soon as possible to end the state of government vacuum.


The Maronite Patriarch urged - in a speech during the Sunday sermon, Aoun and Hariri to agree together on the structure of the new government, ministerial portfolios and the names of the masters on the basis of forming a government of non-partisan (experts) specialists and not to be dominated by any political party, and if they do not agree on what is between them. Let them draw lessons and take a courageous stance that allows for a new synthesis. " As he says.


He said, "Lebanon's current situation requires avoiding any talk that undermines confidence, obstructs the process, and harms the national interest. Therefore, excuses no longer convince anyone, nor excuses justify the continuation of obstructing the formation of the government as if the formation is on a long vacation."


He added, "This is a deadly stalemate for the citizen-state and it must stop. Officials have exhausted the constitution until they made its text against its spirit, its spirit against its text, and the two against the charter. Any constitution that permits this persistence in not forming a government, any powers that allow suspending the nation’s institutions, and any legal reference or A constitutional law permits competition for obstruction. "


Lebanon has been witnessing a government vacuum for more than 9 months, following the resignation of the government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab on August 10, due to the repercussions of the devastating explosion that occurred at the Beirut seaport.


On October 22, the parliamentary majority in the Lebanese parliament mandated the leader of the Future Movement, Saad Hariri, to lead and form the new government, who in turn presented President Michel Aoun on December 9 last year with a mini-government formation of 18 ministers, stressing that they are all non-partisan specialists (experts). From the "obstructed ministerial third," considering that this matter is the only way to save the country and lift it out of the crises afflicting it, and in a way that makes the Arab and international societies open to Lebanon and help it again.


The mediation and endeavors aimed at accomplishing the government formation process have not succeeded - in light of the lack of consensus and confidence, and the existence of a state of entrenched disagreement between President Michel Aoun and his political team (the Free Patriotic Movement) headed by MP Gebran Bassil on the one hand, and between the Prime Minister designate Saad. Hariri, on the other hand, on the shape, quality and size of the government, and how ministers are named to it and the distribution of portfolios.

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