Ex-PM Saad Hariri has no veto on any candidate for the PM-designate post, MP Hadi Hbeish of Hariri’s al-Mustaqbal bloc said on Sunday.
“The issue is related to the package and ex-PM Hariri’s phone calls with (ex-)minister (Faisal) Karami and others are part of consultations aimed at taking the appropriate stance on the issue of naming the premier and how to approach the binding parliamentary elections,” Hbeish said in an interview with al-Jadeed TV.
“Ex-PM Hariri is open to anything, and should there be a serious settlement for the formation of a government that would rescue the country we will be ready for dialogue, especially if the initiative comes from the Baabda Palace,” the MP added.
He also emphasized that Hariri and his bloc “will not give up their responsibilities if there is a serious offer to form a government that would rescue the country,” but he lamented that “there is lack of responsibility from some sides in the country regarding the government formation file.”
Hariri had stepped down on Thursday nine months after he was tasked with forming a new cabinet, citing key differences with President Michel Aoun.