Hariri Feels Hurdles from Aoun-Berri Tensions Also Targeted against Him

Newly-assigned Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks to journalists at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. Lebanon's newly elected president, Michel Aoun, on Thursday, asked former Premier Saad Hariri to form a new government, after he secured an overwhelming parliamentary majority to be named as the next prime minister. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has started to feel that the cabinet formation obstacles arising from the tensions between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri are also targeted against him as a new premier, a media report said on Sunday.

Hariri’s aides “believe that the parties must also take their relations with Hariri into consideration,” al-Joumhouria newspaper quoted Mustaqbal Movement sources as saying.

“The speaker is trying to settle scores with the president,” the sources noted.

They hoped the obstructing parties will pacify the situation so that the new government can be formed on Sunday or Monday.

Should Lebanon “mark Independence Day on Tuesday without a new government, Hariri will escalate his stance, especially regarding candidates and ministerial portfolios,” the sources warned.