MP Gebran Bassil headed the Strong Lebanon bloc’s delegation that held consultations with President Michel Aoun, saying in the wake of the meeting: “We, as a parliamentary bloc, participated constitutionally in the consultations in response to the President’s call. The Free Patriotic Movement’s position is known; we favor a reform government of specialists — be it premier or ministers — in harmony with the French initiative’s general atmosphere.”
“This time in the consultations, the circumstances have led to one candidate who is not a specialist, but rather a political figure par excellence, so we decided not to name anyone. Our stance is purely political and not personal, and it stems from adopting one criteria in forming any government,” he stressed.
Bassil believed “this mandate is marred by weakness and lack of representation, proven by the scarce votes and the absence of support from the major Christian components. Whoever tries to overlook this reality tries to return us to the Syrian tutelage, and this will not happen.”
Source: National News Agency