Parliamentary speaker says Lebanon's cabinet mechanism is "paralyzing"
Speaker Nabih Berri considered on Monday that the mechanism that the cabinet adopted to regulate its work amid the presidential vacuum is paralyzing it and prompting each minister to be in control.
“We reject attempts to paralyze the cabinet... But unfortunately the followed mechanism doesn't interpret the constitution and the jurisdictions of the government amid the presidential vacuum,” Berri pointed out.
Cabinet decrees require the approval of its 24 ministers in accordance with an agreement reached last month in light of the vacuum at Baabda Palace.
“The cabinet should replace the president therefore any decision should be approved by half-plus-one or the two-thirds majority,” the speaker pointed out.
He described the government of Prime Minister Tammam Salam as “deadlocked” due to the followed mechanism.
Salam reportedly refuses to call for a cabinet session anew over sharp differences among ministers that are threatening the fate of the government.