The Lebanese President General Michel Aoun on Monday held a press conference in which he proposes cancelling the sectarian distribution of the sovereign ministerial portfolios in order to put an end to the governmental deadlock.
The Lebanese political system classifies the finance, interior, foreign affairs, and defense portfolios as sovereign and distributes them over the major sects. However, Taif Agreement grants the finance ministry to the Shia sect in order to have the third signature on most of the ministerial decrees.
The PM-designate Mustafa Adib and a group of former prime ministers reject granting the finance ministry to the Shia sect, while Hezbollah and Amal movement insist on the right to take the portfolio in line with the Constitution.
President Aoun considered that the Lebanese must not waste time in order to be able to cope with ongoing crises, warning against the consequences of the failure of the cabinet formation.
“If we fail to create a new government, we will head to hell.”
President also vowed to call for a national meeting to discuss the constitutional amendments just after the cabinet formation.
Source: Al-Manar English Website