PM Hariri trying to resolve Aoun, Berri crisis

Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri (R) meets President Michel Aoun (L) and Parliament speaker Nabih Berri(C) at the presidential palace in Baadba on November 22, 2017.
Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri (R) meets President Michel Aoun (L) and Parliament speaker Nabih Berri(C) at the presidential palace in Baadba on November 22, 2017.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri is reportedly planning   to visit Ain el Tinah prior to  this week’s cabinet session to seek   a solution to the crisis between Speaker Nabih Berri  and president and President Michel Aoun  ,  according to media reports.

The dispute  between Berri and Aoun broke out after the president and the premier signed a decree granting one-year seniority to a number of officers. Berri and Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil have insisted that the decree should have also carried the finance minister’s signature.

Khalil is a member of the Amal Movement which is headed by Berri

Aoun and his aides have argued that the decree did not require Khalil’s signature because it did not entail any “financial burden,” a point Berri and officials close to him have rejected.

Ain el Tinah sources have meanwhile warned that the decree would tip sectarian balance in favor of Christians in the army’s highest echelons.

The officers in question were undergoing their first year of officer training at the Military Academy when Syrian forces ousted Aoun’s military government from Baabda in 1990. They were suspended by the pro-Damascus authorities until 1993 before they resumed their officer training course as second-year cadets.

  • Danny Farah

    What the hell of the finance minister business when it comes to the Army anyway? as Aoun said it has no financial burdens so what gives?

    • Hannibal

      This is a cheap maneuver originating from the long-necked hyena in Damascus to rattle the president reminding him who is in charge here. This also adds to the pressure exerted on Bassil for his comments about Israel. That sectarian $hit will never end. All those politicians will be remembered as the fart-bags they are in history books for years to come.
      The army officers in question here were Christian Officers who, as young cadets, engaged the occupying Syrian forces in battle and humiliated them. They deserve ALL what Aoun is giving them and a salute from the people of Lebanon for defending their identity as FREE LEBANESE AGAINST the Syrian hegemony.
      That is really cheap from the resident imperator for life of Ain el Tiine.

      • Danny Farah

        I totally agree! Berri has done nothing but to benefit himself. He has been using Moussa Al Sadr and trying to imitate him and capitalize on his death. He has done well by cheating the Shiite masses. He could care less about al Imam and he is very selfish individual. Last time AL Jadid TV criticized Berri then he turned his supporters on the station and kept saying you are insulting Al Imam. As if Al Imam appointed him his successor. We all know Hezbollah wanted the Imam Dead so Nasrallah can take over and Berri pocket lined up always. Even many shiites in the south despise him so I am told by few shiites friends. These soldiers deserve medals of honors for fighting Lebanese Enemies and Syria was along Israel as far as enemies and anyone said otherwise is a traitor to Lebanon.

  • Y K

    Finally, Lebanese actually commenting on Lebanese issues. What is happening here? 🙂