BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam Monday criticized some ministers for disrupting the work of the Cabinet under the pretext of speeding up the presidential election.
According to his office, Salam “warned against the dangers that might arise as a result of disrupting the legislative and the executive powers under the pretext of pressuring lawmakers to elect a new president.”
His remarks came during a meeting with a delegation from the alumni club of the Lebanese University's Faculty of Media.
Salam was referring to Christian lawmakers and ministers who refused to attend Parliament and Cabinet sessions amid a presidential vacuum, arguing that the assembly and the government should merely address urgent issues.
But Salam’s Cabinet began last week discussing a mechanism to govern the work of his government in the presence of a vacuum.
The Constitution vests full executive power to the Cabinet including those of the presidency in light of a presidential vacuum.
“I hope that a new president is elected as soon as possible but this purpose cannot be achieved by disrupting the Cabinet's work amid a presidential vacuum,” Salam said.
He said he called for a Cabinet session Thursday to “look into the agenda and resume discussion on establishing a mechanism to govern amid the vacuum.”
"If anyone believes that they can achieve something by disrupting the government, they're wrong,” he said.
The ecnomy is paralyzed and continued disruptions would exacerbate the ailing situation, according to the premiere.
Salam warned that he would divulge to the Lebanese details about negligence and obstruction "because the country and the people are the ones paying the price."