Report: LF Says ‘Unwilling to Waiver’ Demand for Cabinet Seats
The Lebanese Forces are not “willing to bargain or waiver” any of their demands for Cabinet seats and they insist on proper representation based on their success in the parliamentary elections, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.
LF sources told the daily: “The party adheres to the outcome of the (May parliamentary) elections,” noting that voters have placed their trust in the LF which they in turn must not waiver.
They pointed to attempts aiming at downsizing the party, in reference to Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil, “it’s impossible. We made an equation that we will explain in detail to Bassil,” they added.
On Wednesday, Bassil noted that according to a “nonnegotiable equation based on the elections results, the LF is only eligible to get three ministers.”
Relations between the LF and FPM have been strained over the distribution of ministerial portfolios. The LF demands to allocate five seats which the FPM categorically rejects.
“LF refuses to reduce its share. Negotiations are going to be long and arduous, but we will not backdown,” he added.
On the Maarab Agreement between the Christian parties that eventually brought FPM founder, President Michel Aoun, to the post of presidency, the source stressed adherence to the accord.
“We adhere to dialogue as much as we adhere to Maarab Agreement, and we will have to deeply explain this file to the FPM. We reject accusations that the party is against (Aoun’s) tenure,” he concluded.