Lebanon: Bassil rejects Berri’s initiative amid “federalism” obsession


Beirut: «Al-Khaleej», agencies

On Sunday, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement in Lebanon, Gibran Bassil, rejected Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri’s proposal to form a government, amid political sources confirming that Basil’s obsession is now focused on how to reach “federalism,” while the representative of the European Union’s foreign policy, Joseph Borrell said that it is not possible to provide aid to Lebanon without carrying out the required reforms, while the head of the Progressive Socialist Party, Walid Jumblatt, renewed his call for a political settlement, considering that it is not a defect, and that the solution will not come from outside.

The triangle is rejected

Bassil expressed in a press conference, yesterday, Sunday, his rejection of Berri’s initiative, which is to grant Christians; Represented by President Michel Aoun and his son-in-law Basil, the right to appoint eight ministers in the government, compared to 16 ministers from Berri himself and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.

The head of the Free Patriotic Movement stressed that Berri’s initiative was “triangular and rejected,” expressing his conviction that the actual equality lies in granting each of the Christians and Muslims the right to appoint 12 ministers. Bassil tried to throw the ball into Hezbollah’s court, indicating that he accepts what the party’s Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah would accept on the issue of government formation, which aims to try to set up again between Hezbollah and the Amal movement, according to those concerned, who confirmed The party adheres to Berri’s initiative, which is superior to any other ally for it, and this is what the President of the Republic and Deputy Bassil realize from the moment the “Mar Mikhael” agreement was signed. The informed sources pointed out that “Basil’s stances have been confirmed once again, that he does not want a government headed by Hariri, so he cut the way for any concession that could be made by the covenant, as well as blocking the way to form a government headed by Hariri or others if it is not consistent with his policies and theses, And blocking any settlement that would save the country.” The sources mentioned the concerns and fears of a prominent deputy who was in constant contact with the President of the Republic and visits him periodically, which will await Lebanon in the future at the level of federalism, which is Bassil’s main concern away from the public.

fixes first

On the other hand, the representative of the European Union’s foreign policy, Josep Borrell, reiterated the international position on the crisis in Lebanon, and stressed, after meetings he held with Lebanese officials, “We cannot provide aid without Lebanon carrying out reforms, and we have the resources to help.”

In the eyes of observers, this new, old position, confirmed by the European official, represents the last message from the international community to those concerned in Lebanon, and he once again threatened sanctions to be studied by the European Union in the event that officials do not rush to form a government and proceed with reforms. Political sources described the visit of the European envoy as “it will not advance or delay; Due to the absence of an agreement with the European Union on the issue of sanctions,” the sources pointed out at the same time that “the big explosion may result from the lifting of subsidies on basic commodities, and that the delay in approving it comes as a result of fear of chaos in the street, whose timing is still not.” It is clear.” On the governmental crisis, the sources spoke of “a great predicament that Lebanon is witnessing in this regard; As the sectarian and sectarian alignment is controlling the file.”

Settlement is not a problem

In the context of comments on Borrell’s statements and the ongoing bickering about the government crisis, Progressive Socialist Party Chairman Walid Jumblatt pointed out that “these circumstances are exceptional and bad, and it seems that there is no solution in the near future, because the solution will not come from outside. And if some of the so-called senior politicians think that the solution will be from the outside, then there is no solution from the outside,” stressing that “the solution must come from within, and the settlement is not a defect in politics. Settlement is the basis of politics for the sake of the homeland.”


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