Aoun: Any Cabinet Breaching Constitution is Illegitimate, PM-Designate Must Resign after 10-Month Failure

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Aoun: Any de facto cabinet formed without respecting the legal and constitutional norms -- regardless of intentions -- will be illegitimate and the bloc's stance will be decided accordingly. almost 6 years
Aoun: We reject this behavior and the toppling of the constitution has undermined the principles of good governance, impoverished people and accumulated debt. almost 6 years
Aoun: There is no constitutional legitimacy for any authority which contradicts coexistence in terms of marginalizing any component of the country and this principle does not bear any exceptions, because that would be very dangerous. Any official who acts otherwise can be sacked and resisted should he be accused of creating sectarian divisions. almost 6 years
Aoun: It is our destiny to be always targeted during critical junctures when the issue is related to state institutions and our choice is to reject and confront the imposed situation in order to preserve the country and the state. almost 6 years
Aoun: Nowadays, the PM-designate is not respecting the proper standards of forming cabinets. almost 6 years
FPM leader MP Michel Aoun after weekly meeting of Change and Reform bloc: As we seek to reconcile all the components of the country, we sense that some parties are acting otherwise. almost 6 years

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday warned that any cabinet line-up that does not respect the constitution and coexistence among the Lebanese would be considered “illegitimate.”

“Any cabinet formed in contravention of the constitutional, legal and coexistence norms – regardless of the intentions that pushed for its formation – will be illegitimate, and the bloc's stance will be decided accordingly,” Aoun said after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc in Rabieh.

“The biggest violation that an official might threaten the Lebanese people with is the formation of a fait accompli cabinet,” Aoun added in a written statement, noting that PM-designate Tammam Salam must resign after he failed for 10 months to form a new cabinet.

Aoun accused Salam of not exerting “any effort to resolve the crisis” during that period.

“As we seek to reconcile all the components of the country, we sense that some parties are acting otherwise for unjustified reasons,” Aoun lamented.

He accused the PM-designate of “tampering with the standards that ensure a proper cabinet formation process.”

“Have those in charge forgotten that there is no constitutional legitimacy for any authority which contradicts coexistence in terms of marginalizing any component of the country's components?” Aoun added.

“This principle does not bear any exceptions or manipulation, because … it is a very critical principle under which any president, premier or official can be sacked and resisted should he be accused that his policies, stances and acts are creating sectarian divisions,” Aoun cautioned.

“It is our destiny to be always targeted during critical junctures when the issue is related to state institutions and our choice is to reject and confront the imposed situation in order to preserve the country and the state,” Aoun emphasized.

The FPM leader slammed “this behavior,” noting that “the toppling of the constitution has undermined the principles of good governance, impoverished people and accumulated debt.”

Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has personally telephoned Aoun to resolve the last knot preventing the formation of the new all-embracing government, al-Liwaa newspaper reported on Tuesday.

But Aoun's stance on the rejection of the 8-8-8 formula and the rotation of portfolios among sects has remained so far unchanged.

The FPM chief is rejecting to give up the energy and telecommunications portfolios that are part of his movement's share in the resigned government of caretaker Premier Najib Miqati.

An Nahar daily said that Salam will be informed on Tuesday about Aoun's final answer to the deal struck among the rest of the factions on the 24-member cabinet and the rotation of portfolios.

The newspaper said the countdown for the formation of the government starts on Tuesday as Salam holds onto the 8-8-8 formula and the concept of rotation.

Reports said that President Michel Suleiman and Salam could resort to a neutral government or an all-embracing cabinet excluding the FPM if Aoun remains adamant to reject the rotation of portfolios.

SourceNaharnet
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Missing peace almost 6 years

the constitution just tells the PM to make sure that the confessional groups shall be represented in a just and equitable fashion in the formation of the cabinet " art. 95

so any christian or any muslim can be chosen... it does not specify from which party ya chater!

Missing petal almost 6 years

One doesn't need to be an engineer to run either ministry, one needs to be a business person who isn't a thief - hard to find in Lebanon

Thumb gma-bs-artist. almost 6 years

Aoun and the portfolios

http://videobam.com/rQLme

Default-user-icon OldHand (Guest) almost 6 years

It's idiot Tuesday again.

Thumb legit almost 6 years

@amatoury114,

Do you feel in love with Assad Syria sometimes?

It is ok. You should have no worry. I doubt you are gay. According to your leader, Geagea, Assad is a terror magnet.

Thumb ice-man almost 6 years

Sorry for my Chinese, I am English!

Missing ArabDemocrat.com almost 6 years

Southern - what topic? Did you really understand anything from legit posting?

Missing imagine_1979 almost 6 years

Lebpat, man really chupachups... U r getting really frustrated those days, chill man, take it easy..

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

Damn, Tuesday already?!

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

I remember in the 70s, there was a record brand with a dog whose muzzle was pointed into a phonograph with the words, His Masters Voice. I dunno why Aboul Mish keeps reminding of that brand, there must be a strange connotation here, or maybe not as strange, it's just this thing about Tuesday nowadays, that's all. Well, if the old man must talk, then let him talk, anyway...fi Allah.

Thumb lebnanfirst almost 6 years

@-phoenix1
A refreshing blast from the past. That was DECCAN record company that had that logo. Very befitting analogy my friend.

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

LF, true Decca it was, except in those days the music was good, in total contrast with our old man Aoun, the music remains the same, stale, obfuscatious, and repetitive. But well, Tuesday it is, till one minute past midnight. And by the way, the Thumbs Down League (TDL) has been given a new lease of life with this thread, will keep 'em busy for a while more.

Thumb lebanon_first almost 6 years

@legit.

So M14 are also in egypt? That is new... I thought it was October 25 for egyptians.

Thumb gma-bs-artist. almost 6 years

Lemme get this straight, if Aoun doesn't get everything he wants and the government is nevertheless formed without him "the biggest representative of the Christians with the largest Christian parliamentary block" (according to his logic) it will be a "cabinet formed without respecting the legal and constitutional norms -- regardless of intentions -- will be illegitimate"..

how about a second opinion
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmZn5BLfPHk

Thumb cedre almost 6 years

mustaqbal was/is also the biggest sunni/muslim/lebanese bloc...

Thumb cedre almost 6 years

then why was a gov formed without mustaqbal ?

Thumb cedre almost 6 years

waiting for ur answer lads, i'm not expert with leb constitution...

Thumb cedre almost 6 years

u're pretending that rotation is unconstitutional.
Ok, no prob with that, but prove it bleeezzzzz...
What was applied to future cant be to fpm ?
Is Aoun not refusing to be part of this gov by imposing his conditions?

Thumb cedre almost 6 years

thanks ft, so now is fpm not doing the same by demanding too much ?

Thumb lebanon_first almost 6 years

Southern. I agree. Let us just solve this cabinet crisis.

Thumb ice-man almost 6 years

Dear Southern: Please, never forget Mufti Qabani in your blessings. You were praising him yesterday.

Missing imagine_1979 almost 6 years

Southern (again) the stand of geagea is debatable but it is a political stand (which we can agree and disagree on) but aoun is just doing as most of our beloved politicians; securing his share...
U remember, abuse of power corruption...
Anw u still can do better southern, keep it up...

Missing ArabDemocrat.com almost 6 years

Southern - the problem is the general who thinks that the enery and telecom porfolios belong to him. Gebran Bassil was almost comical: either the energy porfolio belongs to me or the government is not constitutional. The rights of the christian community is me and I am the christian community.

Thumb beiruti almost 6 years

Its only for 4 months until the presidential election. Shu Aoun? You can't get your snout out of the money trough for only that long? Can't take the loss of stolen money?

Thumb FlameCatcher almost 6 years

Ya Aoun, I can name 100 ways in which your partners, Hezbollah breached the constitution. This means they are illegitimate right ?

Thumb primesuspect almost 6 years

Suleiman 4 president!
Salam 4 premiership!
Technocrats leading the gov until elections r held. All MPs and factions r illegitimate including aoun.

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

And primesister the girl given the job the clean the floor.

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

KM1, mm..mmm..mmm. I don't about the patriotism your alluding to. Today Aoun is allied to HA, tomorrow we can't tell. Maybe you would need to be reminded of this: Not too long ago, old man Aoun said about rafic Hariri's assassination and I quote, "I am 100% sure that it is Syria that killed Hariri". Now he is a cosy bedfellow with those he wanted to liberate Lebanon from in 1989. Then he also called Hezbollah as terrorists, this he did repetively, so brother, I don't know about this patriotism thingy, in truth, Aoun is the Christian version of Jumblatt, but turning faster, that's all, and oh, he has a TV station too!

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

Ah Roar my brother, you forgot the key word, that word most important, " badde 3ele2a minal nad ilal nad, ana badde 3ele2a beyn mo3adela beyn jiran, ma badde 3ele2a beyn ghaleb wou maghloub, beyn el 2aweh wou el d3if". Now ya Roar, tell me, Allah yi wafa2 ya akhi, when and where did Aoun achieve that my brother weyn, bi sharafak? Aoun got a deal to suit him into a position of power, which simultenuously put him in a most compromising position in the face of the Al Assad regime. Aoun is in many ways a plagiarist by excellence, he tries to compare with heroes a lot bigger than him, kirmel Allah ya Roar, don't be so unjust with Lebanon's greatest hero, Bachir, 7aram 3aleyk.

Missing imagine_1979 almost 6 years

Southern ur post hv generaly a certain logic with which we ca agree or not, but can u see that all this guy wants is the oil (not energy but oil) portofolio, u used to talk about harriri corruption (passing the fact that berri stoled majles el janoub, jumblat partied with sandouk el mouhajarinn, snsp and baath with work ministery...and so on) but ok u could hv forgotten those (in my opinion u didnot forget but chised not to talk about them) but this guy is obviously doing anything to keep the oil deals and this is our (our childreen wealth..) so please man some logic...
No plus one for u southern, u can do better...

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

If the only thing they watch all day and all night is OTV, what can we expect? Remember during the OTV Lol comedy show? When it cracks some typical "where's-the-punchline jokes", next day everyone of them want to share it with you? Fortunately for those who dare watch other cahnnels, life has changed for them.

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

I am noticing something here, try to thumb Up or Down someone, double the value shows on the opposite, walaw ya Naharnet? If I am thumbing Up someone, why should he get a Down? Eft...

Thumb primesuspect almost 6 years

Then why r u here dingo?

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

Slash, I thumbed you and Primesister up, and guess what, the red thumb down went plus one. This is crazy, Naharner should not leave this like this, because one could believe that M8ers of this forum are playing a foul game. All round, it is grossly unfair.

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

Spoiled gal primesister, that's why.

Missing imagine_1979 almost 6 years

Yes it was representative of all christians.. As for the others who care...
Plus one bani

Missing imagine_1979 almost 6 years

He is so close of making verry nice deals (u know kind of deals we will all benifit of:fatmeh gull style) haram bassilo, so close from signing nice contracts...
Man u hv to understand the guy...

Missing imagine_1979 almost 6 years

Competance... Man really chupachups

Missing imagine_1979 almost 6 years

Happy that our fellow march 14 please u bro.. But u know what it seems that the dance just began... So we'll probably all meet on the dancefloor someday...

Missing ArabDemocrat.com almost 6 years

Southern - I think you give these guys too much credit. Everyone is angling to figure out how to make money for their pockets and use the portfolio to greese their election prospects. Berri, a m8 stalwart, is dead-set against fpm getting this portfolio.

Missing peace almost 6 years

any christian can be nominated... FPM are not the only christians in Lebanon.... so naming ANY christian will never violate the constitution, only for M8ers who issued a fatwa to forbid any non hezbi chia to replace the resigning ministers during sinioura's tenure...

M8ers are just specialists of blocking any gvt as long as it does not please them.... hypocrits that is all they are!

Thumb -phoenix1 almost 6 years

Watch LBCI now Joe Maalouf, ana mish shehid. E7ke jeliss.

Thumb shab almost 6 years

funny avatar

Default-user-icon Hammerhead (Guest) almost 6 years

Looking for Azaria... that was totally heartless,
What is obvious from reading all posts on this forum is the fact that the group that call themselves Aounis, seem to have the same mind set, the same twisted logic, the same excuses, the same hatreds, the same distortions and the same contradictions. They seem to also conform to a specific labelling system for any one that apposes their views. ( traitors, zionists, terrorists, cannibals, Wahabies, Takfiries, child killers). If you have spoken to one you have spoken to all, Is this possible? Is it a certain gene that Aoun stimulates or a virus that impedes independent thought. Is it the destructive result on our brains caused by our civil war?
I believe that this phenomenon is an enigma that needs further study.

Missing cedars almost 6 years

If you were assassinated it is because you did not follow Hezbollah orders. Israel has nothing to do with it.

Missing petal almost 6 years

@flamer - are you for real? Do you really believe the utter nonsense you spout or are you just following orders from Qom?

Thumb arzak-ya-libnan almost 6 years

Always coming up with the excuses. The constitution is the constitution during times of war or peace unless there is a decision passed by parliament to declare a state of emergency. Which there wasn't. Aoun's tenure was illegal. No matter how you slice it.
Can we start that business now?

Thumb liefighter almost 6 years

We are waiting for God to claim this man and releif us from HA, so we can plan something to live in Lebanon,till then no hope, only we pray that at this moment something of Lebanon would be left.

Thumb MaddyBaddy almost 6 years

Agree- he's a total psychopath! Why did we allow him back in 2005? Biggest mistake in Lebanon's history...