MP Araji urges Mikati to form a technocrat cabinet or quit


MP Assem Araji , a member of the Future parliamentary bloc called on Prime Minister-designate Najib to either form a cabinet of technocrats or quit .

“He should either form a cabinet of technocrats or give up and excuse himself,” Dr. Araji told MTV.

Dr. Araji said Friday that it is clear that Mikati will not be able to form a cabinet.

“There are domestic and foreign obstacles to cabinet formation, and Mikati has commitments – foremost among them the Dar al-Fatwa statement – that he cannot escape.” Dr. Araji said

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.

Lebanon has been run by a caretaker government since last January. Mikati was appointed in January as the PM designate with the backing of the Hezbollah led-March 8 alliance, MPs Walid Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi . March 14 leaders have repeatedly said that intimidation from Hezbollah’s weapons helped secure the parliamentary majority for Mikati’s nomination.

New obstacles came up after an agreement was reached on naming retired Brigadier Marwan Charbel as the Interior Ministry …. MP Michel Aoun is strongly against allocating any share in the cabinet to president Suleiman . Aoun is also insisting on naming all the Christian Maronite ministers, An Nahar sources reported