BEIRUT: Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun Friday slammed caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati for failing to convene the resigned government to approve oil decrees.
“Mikati is running away from his responsibility to convene a Cabinet session over Lebanon’s oil exploration,” Aoun said ahead of his bloc’s annual closed-door conclave held in Beit Mery.
“He is the champion of running away under the pretense that Cabinet is divided on the issue,” he said.
The FPM leader also accused Mikati of failing to resolve “national issues,” questioning whether there was “a decision to dismantle the state.”
He also said “our natural resources should be used for development and not for [politicians] to divide oil into shares” of their own.
Cabinet has yet to approve two decrees to award tenders for offshore oil and gas exploration.
Caretaker Energy Minister Gebran Bassil has called on the resigned Cabinet and Parliament to hold extraordinary sessions to approve the oil sector decrees.
However, Mikati refuses to convene a Cabinet session over the matter.
The Future Movement has also said that only a new government is entitled to address the issue.
Aoun also accused the authorities of paralyzing several draft-laws, such as benefits for the elderly and the import of diesel-operated vehicles.
He said that only his ministers were working to confront challenges addressing the country.
“We have noticed that our colleagues shy away from assuming their responsibilities when confronting difficulties while we were the only team capable of confronting different challenges with great responsibility,” Aoun said.