Presidency Office Denies Premiership Remarks Attributed to Aoun
The Presidency’s media office stressed on Friday that government formation remarks attributed to President Michel Aoun were “inaccurate.”
“Remarks attributed to President Michel Aoun are inaccurate and do not apply to his positions on the government formation,” the president’s media office said on Twitter.
“The Constitution has given lawmakers the right to name the PM-designate. If the delay to form a government persists, then it will be normal to refer this issue to the Parliament,” the office added.
A media report attributed remarks to Aoun on Thursday that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri could be replaced by another figure should he reject a proposal to form a 32-minister cabinet as a way out of the Sunni representation dilemma.
The reports also said that Aoun’s visitors have quoted him as saying that he “will give a brief ultimatum to Hariri to declare his stance on the 32-minister proposal or else he will address a letter to Parliament to discuss the governmental situation.”