Mikati: I want at least 10 ministers I can be proud of

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Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati said in an interview published on Tuesday that despite the rejection of March 14 to participate in his government, he was confident he would succeed in forming a cabinet

“I can wait. I don’t want a one-sided cabinet and I won’t announce a government (lineup) that doesn’t include at least 10 or 15 ministers that I would be proud of,” he told An Nahar.

“March 14’s declaration of non-participation in the cabinet pained me the most, since we had reached an understanding, or almost had,” Mikati said.

“They left us – the president and I – to confront the situation alone,” he said.

“Yes, the way Saad Hariri’s government was overthrown was insulting. I understand the reaction,” he added.

Mikati said that he refuses the abandonment of Lebanon’s international commitments towards the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), which probes 2005 assassination of Lebanese former PM Rafik Hariri.

In response to a question over cooperation with STL Mikati said : “We cannot meet all the demands of the court from the Lebanese government because it could torpedo stability.”

Mikati also said that he rejects Syrian or any foreign intervention in the formation of Lebanon’s cabinet.

Mikati tried to form a national unity government of 24 to 30 ministers , however, the March 14 Alliance announced last week they would not participate , and called for the removal of non-state arms ( for being pointed against the Lebanese citizens ), in reference to Hezbollah’s use of the arms internally since 2006 for securing political advantages

Mikati addressed March 14 ‘s campaign against non-state weapons, by saying that “weapons are a critical and sensitive issue. We must sit together and discuss the issue.”

Mikati called on Change and Reform bloc leader MP Michel Aoun to “reduce his conditions and drop one or two ministers from his list of demands.”

Stalling

LBC TV reported Monday that the cabinet formation process is stalling and day after day it is becoming evident that the formation process is being influenced by foreign developments.

Future Movement also issued a statement on Monday in which it said that the delay in cabinet formation is due to “the internal disputes within the March 8 parties.”

The main obstacle is reportedly due to the dispute over the Interior Ministry portfolio between Aoun and Suleiman.

Aoun said last month that Suleiman has no right to shares in the cabinet and should form his own political party if he wants to be involved in politics.

Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance brought down PM Saad Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s imminent indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005 .

Mikati, who was backed by Hezbollah and its allies including MP Walid Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi, was appointed on January 25 by president Michel Suleiman as PM-designate to form and head the next cabinet , giving Hezbollah and its allies increased leverage in the country and provoking widespread protest.

Jumblatt and his PSP parliament members reportedly switched allegiance to Hezbollah’s PM candidate, following threats by Hezbollah.

Jumblatt, Mikati and Safadi were all elected on March 14 electoral tickets during the 2009 parliamentary elections.

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  1. ralphsrouji Avatar
    ralphsrouji

    Mikati: “10-15 ministers I’ll be proud of” so you won’t be proud of the rest of the cabinet
    Mikati: ““Yes, the way Saad Hariri’s government was overthrown was insulting” and yet, you have accepted the nomination with the help of the same insulting party.
    Mikati: “They left us – the president and I – to confront the situation alone,” last I checked, you betrayed the people that voted for you and decided to switch camp.
    Mikati: “We cannot meet all the demands of the court from the Lebanese government because it could torpedo stability.” By stability you mean the one imposed by the weapons of one group?

    Mikati, the story of your political career will be a new classic, it’s called “Reversed Pinochio, from human to puppet!”

    1. Mosetsfire Avatar
      Mosetsfire

      I could not have said it better. He went into this with no idea what he was getting himself into and now he is unable to adapt to the consequences. His political career can be shelved alongside Jumblatt and Safadi. He is a traitor and I have no pity for him.

  2.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    Mikati: “10-15 ministers I’ll be proud of” so you won’t be proud of the rest of the cabinet
    Mikati: ““Yes, the way Saad Hariri’s government was overthrown was insulting” and yet, you have accepted the nomination with the help of the same insulting party.
    Mikati: “They left us – the president and I – to confront the situation alone,” last I checked, you betrayed the people that voted for you and decided to switch camp.
    Mikati: “We cannot meet all the demands of the court from the Lebanese government because it could torpedo stability.” By stability you mean the one imposed by the weapons of one group?

    Mikati, the story of your political career will be a new classic, it’s called “Reversed Pinochio, from human to puppet!”

    1. I could not have said it better. He went into this with no idea what he was getting himself into and now he is unable to adapt to the consequences. His political career can be shelved alongside Jumblatt and Safadi. He is a traitor and I have no pity for him.

  3. Ralph,

    “you betrayed the people that voted for you and decided to switch camp. ” that is incorrect.

    Mikati was never part of any party or camp….

  4. Ralph,

    “you betrayed the people that voted for you and decided to switch camp. ” that is incorrect.

    Mikati was never part of any party or camp….

  5. youyes4u Avatar
    youyes4u

    Mr President Suleiman: what determines the quality of democracy,dear President, is the use we make of our power.
    We have institutions in place to help Lebanon avoid the misuse of power including with the public opinion.
    The more we cut off true debate and exchange of views,and let those in power use emotions,misdirection.and manipulation of truth to whip the Lebanese public into action, the more likely we are to make dangerous mistakes in how we use our power.
    A representative democracy only works when the People are involved. You need them,they are stronger and smarter in numbers,and it is only the Power Mad,Intent on Short-Circuting the Constitution,who Fail to Heed the Wisdom of the People. God Bless.

  6.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    Mr President Suleiman: what determines the quality of democracy,dear President, is the use we make of our power.
    We have institutions in place to help Lebanon avoid the misuse of power including with the public opinion.
    The more we cut off true debate and exchange of views,and let those in power use emotions,misdirection.and manipulation of truth to whip the Lebanese public into action, the more likely we are to make dangerous mistakes in how we use our power.
    A representative democracy only works when the People are involved. You need them,they are stronger and smarter in numbers,and it is only the Power Mad,Intent on Short-Circuting the Constitution,who Fail to Heed the Wisdom of the People. God Bless.

  7. If I can help in being part of the new ministry I am willing to take the risk. Nathalie Rayes.
    It is better than staying in the USA and crying over our beloved lost country.

  8. If I can help in being part of the new ministry I am willing to take the risk. Nathalie Rayes.
    It is better than staying in the USA and crying over our beloved lost country.

  9. If I can help in being part of the new ministry I am willing to take the risk. Nathalie Rayes.
    It is better than staying in the USA and crying over our beloved lost country.

  10. If I can help in being part of the new ministry I am willing to take the risk. Nathalie Rayes.
    It is better than staying in the USA and crying over our beloved lost country.

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