The Free Patriotic Movement’s political body considered, in a statement issued after its periodic electronic meeting chaired today by its Chief, MP Gebran Bassil, that “there is no longer any doubt that the Prime Minister-designate is seeking to delay the government formation,” noting that his thwarting of the recent French effort falls in this context, adding that “the serious test of the approaching formation date lies in his presentation of an integrated, understandable and unambiguous government line-up to the President of the Republic, which will reveal his true intentions of seeking to have half of the government’s members plus one.”
The statement deemed the President’s position regarding the forensic audit of the Central Bank’s accounts as “a clear roadmap to accelerate the implementation of the audit path, in light of the failure to deliver the required documents despite the removal of all obstacles,” noting that “what the Finance Ministry received yesterday is nothing but the approval of the Central Council over the index of required documents without committing to specific dates for submitting the documents themselves.”
“In light of this procrastination, which aims to disrupt and stop the forensic audit, the Free Patriotic Movement calls on all citizens not to remain silent, to be alert, to struggle and to join it in pressuring towards achieving this,” the statement corroborated.
Meanwhile, the Movement’s political council “regretted” the words of Lebanese Forces Party Head, Samir Geagea, who prejudiced the President of the Republic by stating that there was a parliamentary and ministerial majority on his side for five years, saying: “He [Geagea] must know mathematically and politically that a third of the ministers do not constitute the majority of the cabinet, i.e. half plus one, and that 20% of the number of deputies does not constitute the majority of the parliament, especially with the presence of obstructers like him.”
The FPM political body continued to question the Parliament Council about “the delay in passing the law controlling financial transfers abroad, known as Capital Control, which was supposed to be approved the day after October 17, 2019, whereby a year and a half has passed without its approval, while the funds of the Lebanese continue to go out without consideration, depleting what remains of their reserves and money.”
“FPM stands with everything that secures the rights of Lebanon and its land and sea borders completely, without missing any opportunity to establish this, which is what the Movement did in all stations and directions, provided that this is done within the constitutional principles and within the framework of international law and internal understanding, in order not to be the subject of a new division amongst the Lebanese,” the Movement’s political body statement concluded.