Gemayel: Keeping Lebanon without a cabinet is a crime


Former Lebanese president and current Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel said on Friday that obstructing the formation of a new cabinet “is a conspiracy against the state.”

“Keeping the country without a cabinet is a crime, especially in light of the developments in the Middle East ,” Gemayel told Future TV in a reference to the delay in the formation of a cabinet headed by Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati.

“ Mikati’s cabinet is definitely not a rescue government.” He stressed

“There is a decision not to form the cabinet and this violates the constitution,” Gemayel said in a reference to Mikati’s statement that he decided to grant the government formation more time.

Hezbollah’s Al-Manar TV revealed today that another meeting will take place tonight between Mikati and Hezbollah Secretary-General’s Political Aide Hussein Khalil

The station also revealed that detailed discussion on the cabinet formation process took place between Mikati and Khalil, following Mikati’s talks with Speaker Berri’s aide MP Ali Hasan Khalil.

Hezbollah is reportedly creating obstacles for Mikati for insisting on including in the cabinet Faisal Karami , son of former PM Omar Karami as the representative of the Sunnis.

Hezbollah is also reportedly hiding behind MP Michel Aoun’s renewed demand for the ministry of Interior even though was agreed earlier in March that the interior ministry will go to the centrist bloc of President Suleiman, Mikati and MP Walid Jumblatt.

President Suleiman is reportedly fully aware of Aoun’s intentions and for this reason he will not allow Aoun to control the ministry of interior under any circumstances. After all, one analyst told Ya Libnan last month : “Awarding the ministry of interior to Aoun will put the whole internal security of Lebanon under Hezbollah’s direct control. Such a situation will be extremely dangerous for Lebanon and will turn Lebanon into another Gaza or Somalia .”

The The Iranian and Syrian -backed Hezbollah brought down PM Saad Hariri’s government on January 12 over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s (STL) imminent indictment which is widely expected to implicate Hezbollah members in the assassination of former PM Rafik Hariri in 2005