Lebanon’s President, Michel Aoun, is reportedly seeking to imprison some of Lebanon’s top political and economic officials, according to a recent report published by the Lebanese newspaper Al-Joumhouria.
The daily, which is often cited by Lebanon’s state-run news agency NNA, highlighted the issue of the dangerous lack of adequate communication between Michel Aoun and the country’s top leaders, namely Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
In outlining the issues between Nabih Berri and Michel Aoun, Al-Joumhouria cited sources close to Nabih Berri as saying that what contributes to his lack of communication with Michel Aoun is that [Aoun] seeks to imprison [Berri] along with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, the head of the Progressive Socialist Party Walid Jumblatt, and Lebanon’s Central Bank governor Riad Salameh.
To steer away from causing tension, Nabih Berri is reportedly refraining from commenting on any leaked information he receives such as the talk of potential imprisonment.
A month ago, Nabih Berri and Jumblatt stepped up efforts aimed at breaking the government formation deadlock with a proposed solution of a 24-member Cabinet and no veto power for any side.
Not unexpectedly, this solution was not taken into consideration as Michel Aoun reportedly insists on gaining veto power for his political team.