Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri described the last meeting between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati as one of their worst meetings and has sent the discussions “back to square one.”
Berri told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that, based on the mentioned meeting outcomes, he has decided not to interfere in the government formation.
“The consultations have hit a dead end,” Berri said, as he opposed adding six new state ministers to the new government.
“In case of a presidential vacancy, every minister will act as if he is the president,” Berri added in a warning of what is to come if a government is not formed the soonest.
Lebanon has entered the constitutional period to elect a new president, but since the government formation process is blocked with no visible intentions to fix it, no new president will be elected soon nor a new government will be formed.
Basically, Lebanon is heading to a presidential vacancy where the caretaker government taking over the president’s power is an option.