BEIRUT: Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam denied seeking to form a “fait accompli” Cabinet and also dismissed that the government would soon see the light.
“Talk about a fait accompli Cabinet are inaccurate ... I want to accomplish something beneficial for the country and form a Cabinet that is capable of addressing the concerns of the people away from tension,” Salam said after meeting President Michel Sleiman at Baabda Palace.
Salam, who said he would not form a “fait accompli” that further complicates the tense situation in the country, said he instead sought a “realistic government.”
The Beirut MP, who said he backed a “national interest Cabinet,” also played down reports the government would be formed imminently.
“There is an impression that a Cabinet will be formed in the next couple of days but that is not true,” Salam said.
“There is a strong desire among people to see a Cabinet formed but there is also a responsibility on my part regarding the formation of the Cabinet and I do not wish to venture ... the only thing I can picture is a national interest Cabinet,” he said.
“The main concern of any Cabinet that will be formed is to be realistic, I have always been keen on being realistic in terms of my stances and rules I set regarding the Cabinet formation,” he added.
He also reiterated that conditions and counter conditions by the rival March 14 and March 8 camps were making his job more difficult.
“The lack of trust between politicians is obvious through the conditions and counter conditions they are imposing and it is stalling the Cabinet formation,” he said.
Salam, who was nominated by an overwhelming majority in Parliament in April, reiterated that he is holding on to the principle of power rotation in ministerial portfolios and that he opposed granting veto power to any political party in the country.