BEIRUT: An initiative put forward last month by Speaker Nabih Berri to end the country’s deadlock aims at changing the political system in Lebanon, Future bloc MP Ahmad Fatfat says.
The initiative of Speaker Nabih Berri is a political maneuver to adjust the entire political system through discussing the Cabinet formation at the National Dialogue [table],” Fatfat told the Voice of Lebanon radio station.
Fatfat said that the Cabinet formation was a constitutional matter in the exclusive hands of the president and prime minister-designate and not an issue to be discussed during the all-party talks.
“If we want to discuss all issues in National Dialogue, this would mean that we want to abolish the constitutional institutions and change the political system,” he said.
Berri proposed a five-day conclave for Dialogue to be attended by March 8 and March 14 leaders, in addition to Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam, to address thorny and divisive issues.
The agenda of the proposed Dialogue would focus on both the makeup and policy statement of the new Cabinet, a national defense strategy, the means to put an end to Lebanese intervention in the Syrian conflict, revival of talks on a new electoral law, and a road map to resolve the socioeconomic crisis.
The Future Movement has already rejected the initiative.