Mikati threatened to boycott future cabinet sessions


Prime Minister Najib Mikati threatened to boycott future cabinet sessions over the issue of administrative appointment , Information Minister Walid Daouq told reporters following the session at the Baabda palace .

According to Daouq, Mikati requested President Michel Suleiman to adjourn Wednesday’s cabinet session over a dispute related to the administrative appointments.

Daouq reported that an argument erupted after Suleiman proposed his list of nominees for the administrative appointments.

Daouq also reported that “After Suleiman’s proposed nominations were rejected, Mikati said he refuses to hold other cabinet sessions unless the issue of administrative appointments is settled.”

Daouq also said that the premier did not announce a date for the next cabinet session.

Mikati’s decision reportedly came after the Free Patriotic Movement ministers walked out from Wednesday’s session.

OTV reported that the cabinet session was adjourned after the Change and Reform bloc ministers refused to approve the administrative appointments “Mikati tried to impose.”

“Mikati tried to impose the appointment of Christian employees without consulting the ministers who represent the Christians according to the norms, prompting the Change and Reform bloc ministers to reject such a precedent,” OTV reported.

According to local reports, a dispute between President Michel Suleiman and FPM leader MP Michel Aoun over shares allotted to Christians has prevented consensus over administrative appointments, leaving several high-ranking posts vacant.

According to local reports FPM called for protests in front of the Grand Serail, which angered Mikati

Daouq said Mikati requested “clarifications” from the FPM bloc ministers regarding the call for protests .