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Process of govt formation talks 'unconstitutional': Joumblatt

Head of the Progressive Socialist Party Walid Joumblatt speaks in Beirut, July 3, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Joumblatt Tuesday criticized the way in which government formation talks are being held.

“Everything that is going on is a violation to the constitution,” Joumblatt told reporters when asked if he supported Samir Khatib’s nominating for the premiership.

“[Parliamentary] consultations should be held during which Khatib would be named,” he said after meeting with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at his Ain al-Tineh residence.

Khatib has emerged as a favorable candidate to replace caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned on Oct. 29.

Hariri resigned under street pressure bringing down the government with him. He later withdrew his candidacy to be considered for the premiership again.

President Michel Aoun has delayed the constitutionally-required consultations with lawmakers until an agreement was reached on the premiership’s candidate.

The PSP leader added that he will meet Hariri at 7 p.m.

Joumblatt also said that his party will not participate in the new government, but will name qualified people for the seats reserved for the Druze sect.

 

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