The Presidency Press Office issued on Tuesday a statement that reiterated the necessity of the agreement between the President of the Republic and the PM-designate in order to reach the cabinet formation.
“At a time when the Lebanese are looking forward to forming a new government which will be devoted to address the deteriorating economic and social conditions in the country, especially after 10 months have passed since the resignation of Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government and 8 months since Prime Minister Saad Hariri was tasked with forming a government. And while President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, is expressing readiness in facilitating this task, we read from time to time statements and positions from different references that interfere in the formation process, ignoring, intentionally or unintentionally, the mechanism stipulated in the constitution to be followed to form the government, which is summarized by the necessity of agreement between the President of the Republic and the PM-designate who are exclusively concerned with the process of formation and decree issuance.”
“There are facts that have emerged during the past few days, which have gone beyond the constitutional rules and the established principles. The references and bodies who volunteer to help form the government are encouraged to rely on the constitution and abide by its provisions and not to expand on its interpretation to establish new norms and rules that do not agree with it, but rather are in harmony with the desires of these references, or with goals that some of those who work on obstruction and lack of facilitation, seek to achieve, which are practices that are no longer possible to deny.”
“The Presidency of the Republic, which responded to many of the proposals presented to it to achieve a natural birth of the government, and condoned many abuses and direct targeting of it and the powers of the President of the Republic, believes that the artificial momentum that some people create in approaching the file of government formation, is not acceptable if it does not take the only path stipulated in Article 53, paragraphs 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the Constitution.”
“Finally, we must ask, do the ones who take positions and interventions which hinder the formation process serve the interests of the Lebanese who are mired in an unprecedented living and economic crisis, and achieve their urgent humanitarian and social needs, to which there are no serious solutions, except through a new rescue government?”