Aoun Urges Conflict-Free Harmonious Government, Warns against Exploiting Protests

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President Michel Aoun on Thursday said the country’s next cabinet should include ministers picked on skills, not political affiliation, seemingly endorsing the demand by a two-week-old protest movement for a technocratic government.

“Ministers should be selected based on their qualifications and experience, not their political loyalties,” Aoun said in a televised speech on the third anniversary of his presidency.

It came after Prime Minster Saad Hariri Tuesday submitted the resignation of his cabinet.

“Lebanon is in dire need of a harmonious government that can be productive without political conflicts,” Aoun urged.

“Moving from the current sectarian system to a civil state would rescue Lebanon from the problems of sectarianism,” he added.

The president also warned that “exploiting street protests to pit citizens against each other is the most dangerous thing that can threaten the country’s unity and civil peace.”

Cautioning that the country is at a “dangerous crossroads,” Aoun called on the next government to “fulfill the ambitions of the Lebanese” and to “achieve what the previous government did not, by restoring the people’s confidence in the state.”

But he did not offer any concrete proposals or make any concessions to the protesters, who went back to chanting and playing protest songs after the speech ended.

Timeline
  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: Exploiting street protests to pit citizens against each other is the most dangerous thing that can threaten the country’s unity and civil peace.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: Moving from the current sectarian system to a civil state would rescue Lebanon from the problems of sectarianism.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: Ministers must be chosen according to their competency and Lebanon is in dire need of a harmonious government that can be productive without political conflicts.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: I exerted major efforts to find economic solutions but they have not yielded the desired results yet, seeing as the national economic plan is still awaiting approval and the infrastructure projects whose funding will come from the CEDRE conference are frozen, but they should move forward after the resigned government responded to most of the conditions.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: I sought to achieve political stability and the first achievement was the electoral law.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: I have committed myself to the issue of returning Syrian refugees to their country and the priority was security.

  • Source-NaharnetAgence France PresseAssociated Press

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