Patriarch rejects fait accompli
government, Maronite bishop says

Maronite Bishop Samir Mazloum said that the Maronite church leadership in Lebanon was opposed to the formation of a fait accompli government.


“Bkirki is against the fait accompli government since it is provocative, will prompt counter-reactions and will not receive parliamentary confidence,” Mazloum said in remarks published by Al-Joumhouria newspaper on Friday.


“Such a government will undermine the presidential election and will endanger the whole Lebanese society.”


“If it was the solution, why is a fait accompli government being formed now and not eight months ago?” he inquired.


The Christian cleric also warned that the efforts to form the fait accompli government as an attempt to extend the term of President Michel Suleiman will not prevail.


“[Such attempts] will lead to confrontation in Lebanon. We fear that the situation might take a turn for the worse.”


The newspaper also reported that Maronite Patriarch Cardinal Beshara Boutros al-Rai contacted Suleiman to inform him of his objection to the formation of a fait accompli government.


It added that the patriarch revealed that he obtained information indicating that such a government will cancel the upcoming presidential election.


Lebanon is struggling to achieve the formation of its cabinet, nine months after the resignation of caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati. Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam has cited the pre-conditions imposed by the opposing March 14 and March 8 blocs as a reason behind the delays in the process.


Hezbollah and the March 8 bloc back the 9-9-6 government proposal, which calls for the March 8 and 14 alliances to receive nine ministers each, while centrists would hold six seats in the cabinet. March 14 parties have rejected the proposal.


Meanwhile, reports have emerged that Lebanon’s president will green-light a neutral cabinet against March 8’s wishes.


Lebanon’s constitution stipulates that the president and premier-designate can sign decrees approving a government, but the parliament holds final sway on its activation with a vote of confidence.


Even if a new cabinet does not receive a vote of confidence, it would replace Miqati’s current resigned government as the caretaker cabinet.

Such a government will undermine the presidential election and will endanger the whole Lebanese society.