BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Monday the president and the PM-designate should form a viable government as soon as possible, adding that delays were disrupting the political system.
“It is not justified for the president and the prime minister-designate to wait any longer given that the stances by Hezbollah and the March 14 coalition toward the Cabinet were already known,” Geagea told MTV in an interview.
“They should form any kind of government they see fit and then political parties could give the vote of confidence in the Parliament ... that is the democratic game,” he added.
Geagea also said a government made up of March 14 and March 8 ministers would not produce any tangible results and in a state of paralysis because the two sides are unable to agree on anything.
Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam has been struggling for seven months to form a new government given conditions and counter conditions by rival groups.
The March 14 coalition insists on a Cabinet of nonpartisan ministers based on the Baabda Declaration while the March 8 group demands a government in which each political party is represented based on their parliamentary weight.
One of the contentious issues facing Salam and President Michel Sleiman is whether to include Hezbollah’s defense formula “the Army, the people and the resistance” in the next government’s ministerial statement, as has been the case for previous Cabinets.
While the resistance group warns against excluding the formula which provides Hezbollah and its arsenal political legitimacy, the March 14 alliance says such a tripartite equation has lost its weight after Hezbollah sent fighters to Syria.
Geagea commented on Salam’s proposal to form a government in which March 14 and the March 8 have 9 ministers each while the independents, including MP Walid Jumblatt, would have 6.
“This proposal would lead to the collapse of the government in the event that the March 14 or the March 8 disagreed on something,” he said.
He also touched on speculation that an Iranian-American rapprochement could break the political standoff in Lebanon and bridge the gap between allies of the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia.
“We can’t leave the country waiting as the Iranians and the Americans reach a deal that ... could take months or years,” he said, adding that there was a 50/50 chance for Washington and Tehran to reach a compromise.