BEIRUT: The Cabinet is unconstitutional without a head of state, Kataeb Party leader Amine Gemayel said in remarks published Monday.
“Lebanon is formed on a certain Constitution and three hands – the presidency, the government and Parliament,” he told the Kuwaiti daily Assiyasah.
“This structure requires partnership among the components of the Lebanese society, and now with the absence of a main component [the president] ... the Cabinet cannot be considered constitutional,” Gemayel said.
He stressed that Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri “should keep into account this flaw, which poses a threat to the principle of Lebanon’s structure.”
Gemayel's comments come in the light of the presidential vacuum the country has been plunged into following the end of Former President Michel Sleiman's term on May 25.
Tammam has previously said in remarks published by the local daily As-Safir, that the Cabinet could fill the void if Parliament failed to elect a new head of state before President Michel Sleiman’s term ends on May 25.
“There is no such thing as a power vacuum. There is a vacancy in a specific post and not a vacuum,” Salam said. “A government that includes almost all political forces can fill the void in administrative positions through consensus among [ministers]."
While calling for the election of a president “acceptable to all,” Salam said the Cabinet “is present and is carrying out all its constitutional, political and security responsibilities.”
“Other state institutions are also operating normally,” he stressed.