Aoun Says May Call for Consultations Thursday, Warns against Continued Protests

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Source Naharnet

President Michel Aoun on Tuesday said that he might call for parliamentary consultations to name a new premier on Thursday or Friday if the parties concerned respond positively to the proposals, as he warned protesters against continued blocking of roads and state institutions.

“The consultations might be held Thursday or Friday pending the answers of the parties concerned and if they don’t respond, we’ll have to postpone for a few more days,” Aoun said in a TV interview broadcast on all local channels.

“We have resolved most obstacles,” he said, adding that “the protest movement must have a say in the new government.”

On the nature of the new government, the president said: “We cannot form a ‘shock government’… A purely technocratic government cannot decide the country’s policies.”

“I back the formation of a government equally composed of politicians and technocrats,” he added.

As for Jebran Bassil’s possible re-appointment as a minister in the new government, Aoun said “it is up to Minister Bassil to choose whether or not to be in the new government,” stressing that “no one has the right to put a veto on him.”

Asked about Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea’s insistence that the new ministers must be totally independent, the president said: “Where can I find them? On the moon?”

As for the negotiations with caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Aoun said Hariri was “hesitant” during their latest meeting.

“He has personal reasons,” the president added.

Addressing protesters, Aoun warned: “I tell the Lebanese that their behavior should not be always negative because this would lead to counter-negativity and we would definitely reach an inter-Lebanese clash.”

Asked about the first measures that must be taken after the formation of the new government, the president said: “The return of citizens to their homes so that the cycle of life can return to normal and let the government work in light and not in darkness.”

“The country will die if protesters remain on the streets, even if we don’t use any force against them,” Aoun cautioned.

As for the financial and monetary crisis in the country, Aoun reassured the Lebanese and told them “not to rush to banks and worsen the problem.”

“Their money is secure and we will solve the crisis,” he added.

He also warned that banks that smuggle funds outside Lebanon “will be held accountable.”

Aoun’s remarks appeared to do little to appease protesters on the streets, who swiftly blocked roads across the country to express their dismay.

Timeline
  • 8 hours ago

    Aoun to protesters: I tell the Lebanese that their behavior should not be always negative because this would lead to counter-negativity and we would definitely reach an inter-Lebanese clash.

  • 8 hours ago

    Aoun: The country will die if protesters remain on the streets, even if we don’t use force against them.

  • 8 hours ago

    Aoun on first measures that must be taken after government’s formation: The return of citizens to their homes so that the cycle of life can return to normal and let the government work in light and not in darkness.

  • 8 hours ago

    Aoun: There is no dollar shortage in Lebanon. Dollars were rather withdrawn from banks and stored in homes and this does not help the Lebanese economy.

  • 8 hours ago

    Aoun: Banks that smuggle funds outside Lebanon will be held accountable.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: There is no direct communication between me and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: I do not fear for the presidential tenure but rather for Lebanon.

  • 9 hours ago

    President Aoun has warned protesters against continued blocking of roads and public institutions.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: I reassure everyone and tell them not to rush to banks and worsen the problem, seeing as their money is secure and we will solve the crisis.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun on Hizbullah: No one can force me to eliminate a party that represents one third of the Lebanese people.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: There are papers that are better than Hariri’s reform paper.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun on Geagea’s call for a govt. of independents: Where can I find them? On the moon?

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: Hariri was hesitant during our meeting and he has personal reasons.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: I back the formation of a government equally composed of politicians and technocrats.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: We cannot form a “shock government.” A purely technocratic government cannot decide the country’s policies.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: It is up to Minister Bassil to choose whether or not to be in the new government and no one has the right to put a veto on him.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: I agree to the protest movement’s demands and I have confidence in the people of the protest movement because they are citizens who have suffered and I’ve been searching for them.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: I do not absolve myself of responsibility, but given my jurisdiction I have weakness and I cannot impose my will.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: I told judges that I can protect them.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: Political interference is the first cause of corruption in the judiciary.

  • 9 hours ago

    President Aoun said parliamentary consultations to name a new PM may be held Thursday or Friday if the parties concerned respond positively to the proposals.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun: The consultations might be held Thursday or Friday pending the answers of the parties concerned and if they don’t respond we’ll have to postpone for a few more days.

  • 9 hours ago

    Aoun on new government: We have resolved most obstacles.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: The protest movement must have a say in the new government.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: We must combat corruption, fix the economy and seek a civil state. This is how the state can be built.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun on “all means all” protest slogan: Not all officials are corrupt.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: Confidence has been lost and restoring it needs time.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: We need a harmonious government to implement a plan and we must fight corruption.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: I have been obstructed by contradictions within the ruling class and contradictions within society.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: I have struggled for freedom, sovereignty and independence and now is the time for building a state.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: I have assumed the presidency to build a state.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: The people’s demands are rightful, that’s why I responded positively and invited them to a meeting but I did not receive an answer.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: We have a conflicted political community.

  • 10 hours ago

    Aoun: The protest movement was initially driven by economic demands before it raised political demands… Their demands are legitimate.

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