The tension between the Presidential Palace of Baabda and the Ein Tineh Palace, residence of the Presidency of the House, sharply deteriorated after Nabih Berri accused the President of the Republic of seeking to obtain 2 more ministers in the ‘a 24-member cabinet when it would not have the right to a single minister. For his part, General Michel Aoun denied this information, considering the remarks of the president of the chamber as regrettable.
This confirms that the real purpose behind the campaigns against the president is to deactivate his role in shaping executive power and in monitoring his work alongside power.The Baabda Palace press release
The office of the presidency of the republic believes that this campaign is due to the fact that “some have not yet forgiven the reconquest of the presence and the role (Christians) after the years of persecution and elimination between 1990 and 2005” before to stress that “the only positive point is to maintain its initiative to facilitate the formation of the government”. However, the comments of the president of the chamber prevent him from now acting as a mediator and is now a stakeholder.
While Ein Tineh considered that the President of the Republic had considered that his predecessor General Michel Sleiman should only have no minister, the Baabda Palace stressed that the current head of state had, for his part, the support of the largest parliamentary bloc with that of the Free Patriotic Current.
As a reminder, the office of the president of the chamber Nabih Berri had attacked the presidency of the republic considering that the appointment of the prime minister belongs to parliamentarians and not to him.
The person who carries out the parliamentary consultations to form the government is the Prime Minister designate, in accordance with Article 64 of the Constitution, and therefore I have the right, on the basis of the request of the Prime Minister designate, to try to help him in any initiative that he might findNabih Berri
He then accused the presidency of the republic of wanting to obtain 2 more ministries that normally fall to him within a 24-member cabinet headed by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, “while he has no right to any ministry “.