Bassil: Govt. to be Formed when Aoun, Hariri Agree on Formation Standards


The new government will be formed when President Michel Aoun and PM-designate Saad Hariri agree on unified “formation standards,” Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil said on Thursday.

“Lebanon's government will be created in Lebanon when the president and the PM-designate agree on formation standards. Those who accept it can stay in it and those who don't want it can leave,” Bassil said in an interview with MTV.

“We understand the situation of the PM-designate and we are helping him. We are sacrificing for Hariri and for the sake of the country,” Bassil said.

“Hariri will overcome the crises and obstacles. I'm one of the parties and the issue is in the hand of the president and the PM-designate,” the FPM chief added.

Reassuring the Lebanese that “there will be a government,” Bassi lamented that “unfortunately, some parties waste time during every formation process before we eventually reach the same result.”

As for the controversy over the Lebanese Forces' share in the new government, Bassil said “the LF is only entitled to three ministerial seats.”

“But we don't mind if someone wants to give them seats from his share,” he added.

“We're not against giving the LF a sovereign portfolio and we suggested that they get the foreign affairs portfolio but we were told that there is opposition to that, so we asked Hariri to give them the interior portfolio and take the foreign portfolio for his movement but this did not happen,” Bassil revealed.

“I'm paying the price daily through political assassination and the falsification has reached the extent of accusing us of sabotaging our interests through blocking the formation of the government,” the FPM chief decried.

And noting that it is “not important” whether or not he gets re-appointed as a minister, Bassil emphasized that he is “not a presidential candidate” out of respect for himself and for President Aoun.

As for his relation with Hariri, Bassil underlined that he does not have a problem with the premier-designate.

“I have not obstructed the formation of the government but rather facilitated it through saying that we're willing to stay outside the government,” the FPM chief said about the press conference he held after Hariri's latest optimistic remarks regarding the formation process.

Comments 8
Thumb s.o.s 8 months

Last week Ghanem was seduced by Hariri today it's by the midget. Shoo masla7je mish ma32ool.

Thumb whyaskwhy 8 months

Well he looks at who the public wants to get the scoop on and does his interviews. Its a good idea as in reality it should be live and people get to see first hand the crooks who they voted for and what they truly are all about.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 8 months

Bassil: unfortunately some parties waste time during every formation process before we reach the same result.
parties wasting time like this
and this

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 8 months

Bassil: Abolishing the presidential share in the government would be a strategic mistake.
The president shouldn't have a share. Giving him a share is unconstitutional

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 8 months

"I'm Jebran Bassil and I'm not here because I'm the 'son-in-law' but rather because I'm an elected MP and the head of a parliamentary bloc."

Actually the only reason you are here is because you are the son-in-law. You were here after losing two parliamentary elections, only because you are the son-in-law. That was even after your father-in-law had been insisting that election losers should not become ministers. You are the head of a parliamentary bloc only because you are the son-in-law. Your were designated head of the block by your father-in-law, just like he appointed you head of the FPM. The voting in both instances were rubber-stamps to Aoun's decision nothing more.

Thumb extraterrestrial.alien 8 months

Bassil: It's not important if I return as a minister or not.

Actually it's very important that you don't return as a minister or will you be reneging on yet another promise, remember this:

Thumb thepatriot 8 months

"unfortunately, some parties waste time during every formation process before we eventually reach the same result"

Amazing! Just Unbelievable! FL sacrificed sooo much to accept Aoun!! And now, they have to bow again to the FPM!! This is just too much now! Bassil is a little dictator! It is his way or the highway! Go to hell!

Thumb whyaskwhy 8 months

Clown and his circus will still be played by Syria and Iran so with the new government we will still expect the same old technocrats doing the work while the remainder line their pockets.