Hariri chairs joint meeting of Future Bloc and Central Council: The criteria to form a government are determined by the constitution and Taif

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri headed this afternoon at the Center House a joint meeting of the Parliamentary Future Bloc and the Central Council of the Future movement.

At the end of the meeting, former MP Ammar Houry delivered the following statement:

The Central Council of the Future movement held a meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the Center House.

The meeting focused on the situation on the political, organizational and services levels. Prime Minister Hariri explained to the participants the negative consequences of the attempts to end the work of UNRWA.

He said that Lebanon will take steps in every direction that can help UNRWA continue its work. Regarding what is being said about a link between the suspension of UNRWA funding and a plan for the resettlement of Palestinians in Lebanon, Prime Minister Hariri emphasized that Lebanon is only concerned by applying the requirements of the Constitution and closing any door to calls for resettlement.

Prime Minister Hariri then discussed the governmental situation and the ongoing consultations. He said that in the formula that he is working on, there is no winner nor looser. It respects national consensus and the representation of the main powers in parliament and prepares to open a new page between the parties of the executive authority, which will give impetus to the process of reform and stability.

Prime Minister Hariri stressed that the criteria for the formation of governments are determined by the constitution and the rules set forth in the Taif Agreement, and that any other opinion remains within the framework of political views and stances placed at the disposal of the Prime Minister-designate.

Therefore, there is no reason to provoke confusion and debate again on matters related to the constitutional prerogatives, especially that Prime Minister Hariri said that he agrees with the President of the Republic on the mechanisms adopted in accordance with the constitution.

He also stressed that he will not lose hope in reaching an agreement on the formula being worked on, and considers that the responsibility is comprehensive in this regard, and that everyone has to make concessions and provide the conditions required for the birth of the government.

The Central Council took several stances, which are, in summary:

-In terms of political affairs:

The Central Council reaffirms its confidence in the efforts of Prime Minister Saad Hariri to form a government. It also renews its confidence in the rightfulness of the political and national choices of Prime Minister Hariri and his courageous initiatives to end the constitutional vacuum in the presidency and move the country to the compromise that restored the respect for concept of the state, constitution and institutions.

First, the Central Council considers that adopting a new electoral law was a political sacrifice from the part of the Future movement that made the national interest prevail over personal, partisan and sectarian interests, and calls for the protection of the political compromise that resulted in the election of General Michel Aoun as President of the Republic and the consensus to form a national unity government.

Second, the Central Council adheres, more than ever, to the Taef Agreement, and the provisions of the Constitution that emerged from it and its preamble. It considers it the governing framework of the common political and national life and any call or attempt to violate it is a step aiming to go back in time.

Third, the Central Council thinks that the calls to the Lebanese state to review its strategic position and reconsider some of its international and regional relations, are a jump into the unknown and a manipulation of the interests of Lebanon and its historical relations.

Fourth, the Central Council declares its full support for the stance of the Future Parliamentary Bloc on the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and affirms its rejection of the irresponsible stances on the tribunal, especially the stances that use social media to comment on the course of justice. It calls on its partisans not to be dragged behind any provocations that serve the purposes of the persons that will be harmed by the Tribunal and the verdicts it that it will issue.

-In terms of development and services:

The Council considers that the issue of development and reform and development of services has become a central issue in the path for national advancement, and is more important than other political or sectarian affiliations.

-In terms of organizational matters

The President of the movement invited a number of activists in all fields to be part of this Council. They are elites and in their areas of competence. They will be actively involved in the Council starting next session. The presence of these activists is an added value for the work of coordinators in all regions and a mean to provide the parliamentary bloc and party bodies with ideas and suggestions. The Head of the Movement also took several organizational decisions

The leadership of the Future movement is keen to conduct an objective and comprehensive evaluation of all the mistakes that hampered the organizational work during the last stage. Therefore, the expected organizational directives will lead to a reevaluation of the structure of the General Secretariat and its working mechanisms, as well as other amendments that could reach other bodies.

Source: National News Agency