The Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said after his meeting with President Michel Aoun in Baabda that he had completed “consultations on forming a government with President Aoun.”
“What I want to emphasize is that the Constitution is very clear in terms of forming a government, and that the first protector of the Constitution is the President of the Republic. The powers of the Prime Minister are well known. President Aoun and I are in sync on every big and small detail,” Hariri said.
“The government will include 30 ministers,” he noted, stressing that some issues still need to be addressed carefully, but “we will certainly reach a solution.”
“The government must be formed as soon as possible. There are things we could not resolve, but we are close to reaching solutions thereto, and everyone is well cooperating in this regard,” Hariri stressed.
“We have discussed the challenges, especially the file of displaced persons and the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. There is a difficult economic situation in the country, but this year will witness economic growth if we form the government, since there are many things we can benefit from, especially the Cedre Conference,” the PM added.