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The Lebanese government refuses to activate its powers... and asserts: It violates the constitution

The Lebanese caretaker government headed by Hassan Diab confirmed that the demand to activate its powers violates the constitution, stressing that it is not entitled to any powers except within the framework of the conduct of business after its resignation and the obtaining of binding parliamentary consultations that resulted in a president in charge of forming the government.

This came in a statement by the caretaker government in response to some Lebanese political forces urging the caretaker government to resume negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and take measures to end the current crisis.

The Lebanese caretaker government stressed that it will not fail to do its utmost in alleviating the impact of the crises that Lebanon is witnessing, and in conducting the business of the state, and conducting business to the highest degree, in the hope that the political forces will assume their responsibilities in expediting the formation of a new government, so that crossing the dark tunnel does not take long.

The government made it clear that the priority remains always and forever, to form a new government that ends the political division that pushes the country towards a devastating collision at all levels, noting that the formation of the government is a national responsibility, and under the current circumstances it acquires the status of a sacred mission, considering that the delay constitutes a stab to the homeland and citizens. And this causes the fluctuation in the exchange rate of the US dollar, which is the basis of all problems after its price has doubled since the resignation of the government, as well as in the loss of medicines and fuel, and in the exacerbation of electricity and hospital crises.

And the caretaker government added that the constitution is clear in explicit equality between the powers of the government before it gained confidence and the government after it resigned or was considered resigned, citing the text of Article 64 in its second clause, which stated, “The government does not exercise its powers before gaining confidence, nor after its resignation or considering it resigned.” Except in the narrow sense of business conduct.

The statement indicated that the exceptional, difficult and historical circumstances that Lebanon is going through, require a national mobilization and concessions from all parties, to form a government that has the authority to resume the negotiations that the resigned government had started with the International Monetary Fund, on the basis of the recovery plan developed by the resigned government.

The caretaker government considered that some political forces are trying to evade their responsibilities and blame their failure and inability to formulate an understanding of the future government, and are trying to throw the consequences of their practices and inability on the caretaker government, while the responsibility falls directly on these same forces.

The resigned government reviewed what it presented over the 6 months in power, stressing that it did not try to invest its efforts in political or electoral calculations.

The head of the Free Patriotic Movement, Gebran Bassil, had delivered a speech yesterday, in which he called on the caretaker government to implement its decisions regarding its financial recovery plan, and to resume negotiations with the International Monetary Fund.