President Michel Aoun said that caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is being unjustly criticized, adding that some have decided to launch now the presidential race battle because Bassil is a frontrunner.
“All kinds of war are being waged against Bassil, but they neither bother him nor me. Every time they launch a rumor, he faces them with the truth,” the president was quoted as telling his visitors as reported by Al-Akhbar newspaper.
Aoun said that some are hindering the government formation because they are still refusing to acknowledge their losses in the recent parliamentary elections, adding that some are pretending to be the sole representatives of their communities.
"They are cornering PM-Designate Hariri with hurdles and demands that do not go along with the election results. Suddenly, we found out that foreign powers are now also in the game."
"The same obstacles persist. The Lebanese Forces want five ministers, while they are not entitled to get this share. The Progressive Socialist Party wants all of the three Druze portfolios so as to use its veto right whenever any law does not pleases it," he added.
Aoun denied that he and the FPM bloc were seeking to get the obstructive third inside the government, noting that he, as a president, does not need to get this power.