Thursday, 21 Nov 2019

Future bloc hopes positive atmosphere will lead to government formation

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri chaired this afternoon at the Center House the meeting of the Future parliamentary bloc. At the end of the meeting, the bloc issued a statement, read by MP Mohammad Kar'awi:

The Future parliamentary bloc held its weekly meeting at the Center House, chaired by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri. After discussing the developments and matters on the agenda, it concluded the following:

First: Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri informed the bloc of the contacts he held last week with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Free Patriotic Movement leader Gebran Bassil, as well as the ongoing consultations with other political parties concerned with facilitating the formation of the government.

The bloc expressed its satisfaction with the path adopted by Prime Minister Hariri, to reach a governmental formula that achieves the rules of participation required for the current stage. It hoped that the positive atmosphere that he perceived during his recent meetings would translate into practical steps that would achieve the desired breach, and avoid returning to escalated positions and mutual accusations of postponement and obstacles.

Second: The bloc noted the escalation of complaints from power shortage in several regions and the dispute regarding the power generators and their role in replacing the state in providing an essential service of which Electricite du Liban is responsible and not any other illegal replacement.

The bloc stressed that, due to the complaints from the failure to address this chronic topic, the state and EDL in particular should shoulder the responsibility of addressing the issue, just as the political forces should unite efforts to form the government and launch a real workshop that rises above the ongoing conflicts.

Turning in circle in search of solutions to known crises will not work. What applies to electricity in this regard applies also to water, sewage, waste and other crises. All these crises destroy the environment in Lebanon, as we are seeing in the Litani River and the continuous assault on artesian wells and natural reserves.

The Future parliamentary bloc finds no way out of the social and developmental crises, except through launching the desired reform and combating the sources of corruption. This should be done through a legislative workshop that completes the results of the conferences held in support of Lebanon, and the promising Capital investment program that would achieve a qualitative leap in developing and improving the services, and prevent the fall of our country in what several countries are falling into.

The first step in this regard would be to facilitate the formation of the government and help the Prime Minister-designate in his quest to achieve this goal.

Third: The bloc reminds of the obligation to abide by the decision to disassociate Lebanon from the Arab disagreements, and not to drag the external and surrounding crises to Lebanon, with their negative implications on Lebanon's relations with its Arab brothers.

The campaigns targeting some Arab countries are not in the interest of Lebanon. On the contrary, they represent an additional factor that jeopardizes the interests of Lebanon and the Lebanese and contributes to placing our stances and internal issues in regional alignments and axes that we do not want. The protection of the national consensus is the required way to protect the political stability and to not get involved in the conflicts of others.

Source: National News Agency

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