BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt suggested in comments published Friday both rival political camps in Lebanon be granted veto power in the upcoming government, in a departure to his earlier support for a Cabinet divided equally between March 8, March 14 and centrists.
“A 9-9-6 formula is the best solution for all rivals,” he told As-Safir newspaper, referring to a formula that Hezbollah has been pushing for.
“Granting veto power to Hezbollah and its team and veto power to March 14 would prevent a certain party from monopolizing the government,” he added.
Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam’s attempts to form a Cabinet have been stalled for over six months over conditions and counter conditions by political rivals in the country.
Jumblatt had previously supported Salam’s 8-8-8 Cabinet lineup equally shared by the rival factions and centrists. The centrists refer to President Michel Sleiman, Salam and Jumblatt.
Salam’s formula was however rejected by Hezbollah, which is pressing for the 9-9-6 formula.
Jumblatt said that the 9-9-6 proposal had earlier been suggested by Speaker Nabih Berri in a bid to resolve the Cabinet crisis.
The PSP chief also voiced opposition to a “fait accompli” government, saying that such a Cabinet would represent a “challenges” to Shiites.