Lebanon News

Future Movement to deny Diab's govt vote of confidence

Hariri heads a Future Movement bloc meeting in Beirut, Feb. 10, 2020. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's parliamentary bloc is inclined not to give a vote of confidence to the new government, the former premier said Monday.

Speaking to journalists after chairing a Future Movement bloc meeting, Hariri said he had not yet decided whether he would personally participate in Tuesday's parliamentary session in which MPs will vote for or against giving their vote of confidence to Prime Minister Hassan Diab's government.

"We [the Future Movement bloc] are participating in the session not only to show our pretty faces, but to say our word," Hariri told reporters. "We will form a constructive opposition, but we will later decide with who and how."

The former premier also took a bash at the Free Patriotic Movement, whose relationship with the Future has been marred with tension over governance of different files.

"What have they done? Give me one thing they accomplished for the country and the economy," Hariri said referring to the FPM.

The Future bloc then issued a statement saying that the bloc has decided "to attend the session and deny the government trust since [the policy statement] has nothing to do with what the Lebanese are asking for."

The statement added that Diab's policy statement , as well as the budget adopted by Diab's government last month, no longer fit the current situation and do not address “the living, financial and economic crisis that Lebanon is facing."

 

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