Rai: One-sided government violates the constitution

The delay in cabinet formation as a result of an internal dispute within the March 8 alliance prompted the newly elected Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rai to say that the Lebanese people can no longer accept this delay.

Rai said: “Everything has stopped functioning … Political and legislative life has been halted.”

“If the political powers fail to reach an agreement on the distribution of portfolios then a technocrat government should be formed, at least on a temporary basis in order to handle the country’s affairs until politicians agree on a method of fair participation in governing” he said ” National News Agency quoted Rai as saying.

“A one-sided government should not be formed” because it violates the constitution, the patriarch stressed.

Commenting on Bkirki’s role the outspoken patriarch said :

“Bkirki is a Christian and national authority and no one can question this.”

Commenting on the problems within the Christian community he said:

“WE should all be united in Lebanon..the Christians should be also united and should stop this bickering amongst themselves . We live in a democratic country and we should not have disputes because our principles should unite us ”

His comments come following reports of the failure of the March 8 to agree on a final lineup for the new cabinet .

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun reportedly rejected a cabinet formation proposed by Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati that would give the FPM seven ministers, Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Wednesday.

In a meeting involving negotiators from the Hezbollah-led March 8 parties at Mikati’s house on Tuesday, Mikati proposed a 30-seat cabinet in which March 8 would have 19 ministers, and Mikati, President Michel Suleiman, and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt would have 11, Al-Hayat quoted an anonymous source as saying.

Mikati’s proposal allocates 13 portfolios for Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc broken down as follows:

2 for the Marada Movement

2 for the Tashnak Party,

1 for the Lebanese Democratic Party,

1 for the Syrian Social Nationalist Party

7 for FPM

Aoun reportedly rejected the offer and is insisting on a blocking third for FPM alone…in other words he wants 4 more for the bloc a total of 17 out of 30

Aoun also continues to refuse that Interior Minister Ziad Baroud retain his position, Al Hayat said

Arslan

The Lebanese Democratic Party which is headed by MP Talal Arslan on Wednesday warned that it will withhold confidence from the cabinet from if there are “any attempts to marginalize the party’s position in cabinet representation.”

It appears that LDP was offered a state portfolio ( usually referred to as “filler” in the new cabinet )

“Any attempt of this kind could push the party to withhold confidence from the cabinet through its representatives in parliament,” the party said in a statement.

  • PROPHET.T

    With all due respect, Stick to what you were elected to do,and leave politics alone. Separate politics from religion institutions.I’m sure many people could use the patriarch’s counsel and guidance to become better people.

    • Beiruti

      Freedom of Speech!

    • eliasfd

      With all due respect these religious people should involve themselves with helping the community. The Church has lots of money and all they care how can i gather money and keep it instead of spending it on poor people and helping their community to create jobs. They need to help the needy and sick where they’re thousands of them. These religions people christians and muslims should work on doing something human and stop involving themselves in politics period.

  • PROPHET.T

    With all due respect, Stick to what you were elected to do,and leave politics alone. Separate politics from religion institutions.I’m sure many people could use the patriarch’s counsel and guidance to become better people.

    • Beiruti

      Freedom of Speech!

  • PROPHET.T

    With all due respect, Stick to what you were elected to do,and leave politics alone. Separate politics from religion institutions.I’m sure many people could use the patriarch’s counsel and guidance to become better people.

    • Anonymous

      Freedom of Speech!

    • Anonymous

      With all due respect these religious people should involve themselves with helping the community. The Church has lots of money and all they care how can i gather money and keep it instead of spending it on poor people and helping their community to create jobs. They need to help the needy and sick where they’re thousands of them. These religions people christians and muslims should work on doing something human and stop involving themselves in politics period.

  • PROPHET.T

    With all due respect, Stick to what you were elected to do,and leave politics alone. Separate politics from religion institutions.I’m sure many people could use the patriarch’s counsel and guidance to become better people.

  • FadiAbboud

    I would have to disagree and say that man is obligated to look after the Christian community in Lebanon-
    In this part of the world where Christians are killed and not allowed to practice their religion freely, its hard to separate religion from politics. After all, who is going to make sure that the Christians have their freedoms and are protected, Hassan Hezbollah?
    The Christian ethnic cleansing from the middle east is not a secret.

    • master09

      Others say that the church cares about how to make money and keep it but fail to understand that the Church around the world spend over 125 billion dollars a year helping the poor, children and teaching how to look after thier own lives and be a community who live together in peace. But also we need to look after our future that others are trying to kill our way.In Iran who runs the life of people.

  • FadiAbboud

    I would have to disagree and say that man is obligated to look after the Christian community in Lebanon-
    In this part of the world where Christians are killed and not allowed to practice their religion freely, its hard to separate religion from politics. After all, who is going to make sure that the Christians have their freedoms and are protected, Hassan Hezbollah?
    The Christian ethnic cleansing from the middle east is not a secret.

    • master09

      Others say that the church cares about how to make money and keep it but fail to understand that the Church around the world spend over 125 billion dollars a year helping the poor, children and teaching how to look after thier own lives and be a community who live together in peace. But also we need to look after our future that others are trying to kill our way.In Iran who runs the life of people.

  • Anonymous

    I would have to disagree and say that man is obligated to look after the Christian community in Lebanon-
    In this part of the world where Christians are killed and not allowed to practice their religion freely, its hard to separate religion from politics. After all, who is going to make sure that the Christians have their freedoms and are protected, Hassan Hezbollah?
    The Christian ethnic cleansing from the middle east is not a secret.

    • Anonymous

      Others say that the church cares about how to make money and keep it but fail to understand that the Church around the world spend over 125 billion dollars a year helping the poor, children and teaching how to look after thier own lives and be a community who live together in peace. But also we need to look after our future that others are trying to kill our way.In Iran who runs the life of people.

  • Jo Haddad

    tell micheal aoun to keep his mouth shut , and as a christian he should stand with all lebanese not just his movement. his way of thinking is totally wrong, his aim is to head the government and become a president this should only be in his dreams and not reality. also you should point out that he has no authority to tell the nice president on what to do and when to do it. as i recall when electing president mecheal selieman , he was one of the seven people including the hezbolla movement that did not vote to elect him. our president is a very nice man with his head up right and may god bless him and our army and all the good people that are trying to make our country free and freedom to all muslims and christians. god also bless all the holy saints in our land.

  • Jo Haddad

    tell micheal aoun to keep his mouth shut , and as a christian he should stand with all lebanese not just his movement. his way of thinking is totally wrong, his aim is to head the government and become a president this should only be in his dreams and not reality. also you should point out that he has no authority to tell the nice president on what to do and when to do it. as i recall when electing president mecheal selieman , he was one of the seven people including the hezbolla movement that did not vote to elect him. our president is a very nice man with his head up right and may god bless him and our army and all the good people that are trying to make our country free and freedom to all muslims and christians. god also bless all the holy saints in our land.

  • libnan1

    Any Lebanese should be able to state their opinion including our patriarch. I think the patriarch should ask March farteen to join the government. I’m sure M8 will accommodate them with state portfolios.

  • libnan1

    Any Lebanese should be able to state their opinion including our patriarch. I think the patriarch should ask March farteen to join the government. I’m sure M8 will accommodate them with state portfolios.

  • Anonymous

    Any Lebanese should be able to state their opinion including our patriarch. I think the patriarch should ask March farteen to join the government. I’m sure M8 will accommodate them with state portfolios.