Former Lebanese premiers say Aoun overrode constitution

Ex-premiers issued a joint statement saying President Aoun seeks to force Hariri to quit from forming a government.

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On Tuesday, three former Lebanese prime ministers published a joint testimonial condemning President Michel Aoun’s conduct with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and accustoming him of superseding the country’s constitution.

Fouad Siniora, Tammam Salam, and Najib Mikati announced that Aoun sought to mortify Hariri and pursued to impulse him to resign from establishing a government.

“Hariri’s sticking to his government forming proposal is not a case of intransigence or exaggeration but a response to what the Lebanese people and Lebanon’s friends in the world want,” the declaration held.

As per the Lebanese constitution, there is no permanent goal for the Prime Minister-designate to procedure the government, by which Hariri can decide whether to quit or stick with his government proposal.

On Monday, Hariri announced that he excluded Aoun’s bid for forming a government, which implies proposing his Free Patriotic Movement one-third of the cabinet seats.

More than half of cabinet seats secure a blocking and veto power over the government’s pronouncements and strategies.

The former leaders also restated their regard for the Lebanese constitution and the national treaty of the Taif Agreement.

The 1989 Taif Agreement, which concluded Lebanon’s civil war between 1975 and 1990, recognized a power-sharing formula founded on allocations that split the main places between the three main communities of Lebanese society: Christians, Sunnis, and Shias.

The proclamation additionally held that efforts to put the condition in Lebanon in a sectarian context will not prosper and called for taking steps towards finding a salvation government. The Lebanese presidency still has no remarks on the statement.

Streets across the country have been blocked by protests and rallies for the past month over the current socio-economic situation, which has been the worst for the Lebanese people since the civil war.

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