Update on Lebanon cabinet formation

In an effort to resolve the impasse over the cabinet formation , President Michel Suleiman reportedly suggested Army Commander General Jean Kahwaji as a candidate for the ministry of Interior, As Safir newspaper reported on Thursday.

The paper added that Suleiman’s proposal came as a response to the suggestion by Kahwaji to appoint General Paul Matar to the position.

The paper indicated that Suleiman’s proposal was made during the past 48 hours and was presented to PM designate Nagib Mikati, Hezbolah, and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun.

Parliamentary circles told An Nahar in remarks published on Thursday that the meeting between Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday was aimed at easing the tensions between the two sides in light or reports of disputes between them.

National bloc

Suleiman’s suggestion was immediately rejected by the The National Bloc Party on Thursday which stated in a statement that was issued after its executive committee’s weekly meeting that it rejects any role for the military in political life” .

“We reject any role for military figures in the political life, as it is neither desired nor preferred that the army commander make any political initiatives, especially regarding the formation of cabinets. We also reject that any military figure assume a ministerial post.” The statement said

The National Bloc Party is part of March 14 alliance , which has refused to participate in the cabinet of the majority

Aoun

Aoun mourned the death of all efforts to resolve the obstacles for government formation and accused PM designate Nagib Mikati and president Michel Suleiman of siding with the former majority , in reference to March 14 alliance.

In an interview with his own TV station OTV on Wednesday evening Aoun mourned the death of all efforts to resolve the obstacles for government formation and accused the PM designate and the president of siding with the former majority , in reference to March 14 alliance and held them completely responsible for the failure of the efforts to form a government.

Central News Agency reported on Thursday that Aoun submitted to Mikati the names of two candidates for the interior ministry portfolio, the first is a current minister and the second is a retired army officer. As part of the deal, FPM would also get the energy, justice and economy portfolios, NNA reported

Mikati sources responded to Aoun’s interview with OTV by saying: “Every person has the right to say whatever he sees fit and we don’t have any negative or positive comments.”

Berri

Speaker Nabih Berri on Thursday met with Mikati at the former’s residence in Ain al-Tineh, National News Agency ( NNA) reported and said they discussed the latest developments concerning the cabinet formation, the report added.

MTV reported that Berri asked Mikati to put on hold his decision to form a “de facto” government for the time being.

Foreign factors

Lebanese Forces bloc MP Antoine Zahra said on Thursday that foreign factors are delaying the cabinet’s formation.

March 8 is working to void the state’s role so as to control Lebanon, but regional developments have forced them to wait, Zahra told As-Sharq radio.

Any party participating in the cabinet can make demands, but it is not appropriate to insist on them at the expense of the formation of a government, he added in a reference to Aoun’s demands.

Coma

Phalange party bloc MP Fadi Haber on Thursday told Voice of Lebanon that Lebanon is in a coma, adding that an initiative to form the cabinet should be taken.

“If we were looking for a solution, we should unite all the Lebanese people in order to form a national-salvation cabinet,” he said

Haber rejected forming a technocratic cabinet, arguing that one would not be appropriate since Lebanon is now passing through a political crisis.

Haber added that the cabinet-formation process is dependent on Syria, which currently has other pressing priorities

commit suicide

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt told al-Liwa newspaper in remarks published on Thursday that the efforts to form a new government in Lebanon “have reached a dead end.”

He said : “The dead end has been caused by the futile demands made by some members of the new majority.” In a possible reference to Aoun

“Ending the current crisis requires some of sides of the opposition and new majority to commit serious mass suicide,” he said.

He said that the suicide would be “the sacrifice of the self for the sake of the masses.”

  • libnan1

    I think this Mikati dude needs to do exactly what Aoun tells him to do, kabish … The only way Lebanon will ever have a stable government is for Aoun and Nasrallah to name the minsters. The rest are meaningless especially Hariri and company.

    • Mazen_M

      Maybe YOU need to do what Aoun tells you since you worship him!!

      • libnan1

        Dr. Mazen, I bet you will be the first one to download the book. Reading it might change your mind. There will plenty of picture of HA fighters liberating Lebanon.

        • Mazen_M

          You are so funny!! So his book has pictures only so people like you can understand it or because he doesn’t know how to write!! Do these pictures also include HA liberating Lebanon from the Lebanese in 2008!!!!!

          Listen man, you will not change my mind and I will not change yours. All I’m saying is follow the politician that you think is good but don’t let him control you. Make your own decisions. You can also not agree with him sometimes and that is what makes you a patriot, not by writing things like “Aoun rules” and “they should do what he says”, or “he is your master”. You and I and all the people on this site are patriots and love Lebanon. We don’t have to let politicians control us and if we don’t agree with your point of view that doesn’t mean we are traitors or hate Lebanon!!.

          I hope you get my point. Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    I think this Mikati dude needs to do exactly what Aoun tells him to do, kabish … The only way Lebanon will ever have a stable government is for Aoun and Nasrallah to name the minsters. The rest are meaningless especially Hariri and company.

    • Anonymous

      Maybe YOU need to do what Aoun tells you since you worship him!!

      • Anonymous

        You will worship him very soon. Aoun is writing a book that should be required part of the curriculum in all Lebanese high schools.

        • Anonymous

          First of all, I only worship God and cannot worship an animal like Aoun (you worship him cause you are his slave). Also, what is the book about? How to ruin Lebanon just for his benefits, or maybe his book is how to control a person like you? Please tell me when you finish reading it and when you graduate from High school.

          Dr. Mazen

      • Anonymous

        Aoun is the master of all Lebanese if you consider yourself one. The book Aoun is writing called “From the beginning to the End”. It will enlighten the Lebanese youth how to be patriotic. It will include a history lesson to some Lebanese factions who collaborated with foreign powers to gain political advantages over their fellow citizens. I will post a PDF when he’s done. I will happy to converted it to IPad format if needed.

        • Anonymous

          You don’t get it ….I don’t give a crap about Aoun!!! Who is he for me to listen to him. “It will enlighten the Lebanese youth how to be patriotic”.?? I am already a patriotic and love Lebanon without him. I don’t want to follow him and I don’t want to waste my time reading his book. Got it? If he is your master and you are his slave, that does not mean that I have to be his slave. I have a brain to think and make my own decisions unlike you that does what Aoun tells you. So please don’t waste your time and post his crapy book because no one cares!!!!.

        • Anonymous

          Your posts are always so entertaining! Your delusional fabrications and the wild imagination of yours is an asset to M14. Keep up the good message out there!

        • Anonymous

          Your posts are always so entertaining! Your delusional fabrications and the wild imagination of yours is an asset to M14. Keep up the good message out there!

      • Anonymous

        Dr. Mazen, I bet you will be the first one to download the book. Reading it might change your mind. There will plenty of picture of HA fighters liberating Lebanon.

        • Anonymous

          You are so funny!! So his book has pictures only so people like you can understand it or because he doesn’t know how to write!! Do these pictures also include HA liberating Lebanon from the Lebanese in 2008!!!!!

          Listen man, you will not change my mind and I will not change yours. All I’m saying is follow the politician that you think is good but don’t let him control you. Make your own decisions. You can also not agree with him sometimes and that is what makes you a patriot, not by writing things like “Aoun rules” and “they should do what he says”, or “he is your master”. You and I and all the people on this site are patriots and love Lebanon. We don’t have to let politicians control us and if we don’t agree with your point of view that doesn’t mean we are traitors or hate Lebanon!!.

          I hope you get my point. Thanks.

  • antar2011

    ya 3ammi army officers should stay away from politics…

    there is no other person then qahwaji to be minister…

    ma khass hayda bi hayda…

    lebanon is becoming more and more other countries lead by army officers…

    el 3amma.

  • Anonymous

    ya 3ammi army officers should stay away from politics…

    there is no other person then qahwaji to be minister…

    ma khass hayda bi hayda…

    lebanon is becoming more and more other countries lead by army officers…

    el 3amma.

  • Elinjaim

    Thank God Aoun is not the president of Lebanon. He’s not a deal-maker and stubborn as a mule.

  • Elinjaim

    Thank God Aoun is not the president of Lebanon. He’s not a deal-maker and stubborn as a mule.

  • Anonymous

    Thank God Aoun is not the president of Lebanon. He’s not a deal-maker and stubborn as a mule.