BEIRUT: Future MP Ammar Houry reiterated Thursday his party’s call for the formation of a neutral Cabinet, affirming that President Michel Sleiman is the one who protects the Constitution.
“We, the March 14 coalition, have demanded since the beginning a neutral government outside the framework of the deep political divisions in the country,” Houri told the voice of Lebanon radio station.
“Such government relieves the people and manages the interim period until a new president is elected.”
Houri also urged the need to respect the Constitution and pinned hopes on President Sleiman to protect it.
“President Michel Sleiman is the patron of the Constitution and he is seeking Lebanon’s best interests away from political disputes,” he said,
“There is no option other than respecting the Constitution.”
Sleiman hinted Wednesday at the plausibility of forming a fait accompli Cabinet, an option staunchly rejected by the March 8 forces.
Lebanon’s Constitution stipulates that the president and prime minister-designate sign decrees approving a government but requires a vote of confidence from the Parliament.
If the Cabinet does not receive the vote of confidence, it would replace the current resigned government and become the new caretaker cabinet.
The formation of a new government in the country has been stalled for over eight months due to political differences between the rival political groups.