| 25 February 2024, Sunday |

“888 formula rejected,” Bassil says

MP Gebran Bassil, the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM), gave a press conference this afternoon in which he discussed the country’s numerous political, economic, and social issues.

“The crisis of the system, the constitution, practice, and intentions revealed that the war to defend our rights is not out of bidding or obstruction, but rather in order to maintain our free existence,” Bassil said at the commencement of the conference.

“Our whole life is dependent on our role, which must be comprehensive, not sectarian, but national, and this is what distinguishes Lebanon as a distinct message. They are attempting to break us down by using people’s pain, and, as is customary, they are seeking outside assistance, choosing between starving people and losing our political existence… We will be resilient as long as our people remain steadfast “Bassil went on to say.

The formation crisis, according to MP Bassil, demonstrated that the issue is not with vague constitution documents that lack time, but rather with concealed objectives that disclose themselves owners in times of difficulty or fury.

“It is clear that there are those who did not swallow back the role they stole from us between 1990 and 2005, and today they consider that they have a new opportunity to reclaim the time of the usurpation of our rights,” the MP went on.

“You refuse to set a deadline for the minister to sign the decree, while the president of the republic is obliged to sign it within 15 days, and it is not considered enforceable. Is this how the preservation of Taif is done, and the system is in operation?,” he asked.

Bassil also wondered how the prime minister rotates over all ministerial portfolios except for the Ministry of Finance, saying: “this alone is enough to bring down Taif, and we do not accept it.”

Referring to the House Speaker Nabih Berri’s initiative with 8-8-8 formula, Bassil compeltely refused said formula, considering that the actual parity is 12-12.

He stressed that “forming the new government remains the responsibility of the President of the Republic, in agreement with the President of the Republic.”

Bassil appealed to the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, to make a government effort, not an initiative. “He knows that we are being targeted, and everything that happens is undermining us, and he knows that we have abandoned the issue of government in many matters.”

He concluded his words in this regard by saying: “Mr. Hassan, I know that you do not betray the truth. I am Gebran Bassil, without any burden on you. I accept what you accept for yourself. This is my last word from the government.”

  • NNA