DOHA (Sputnik) – Lebanon’s interim Prime Minister Najib Mikati said on Sunday that the presidential decree accepting the government’s resignation had no constitutional power, adding that his cabinet would continue in office.
Earlier in the day, incumbent Lebanese President Michel Aoun left the presidential palace a day before the official end of his six-year term, failing to reach consensus with Mikati on possible cabinet candidates. According to the Lebanese constitution, if the parliament does not choose a president at the end of the term, his powers are temporarily transferred to the cabinet.
“The government will continue to exercise its functions in accordance with the provisions of the constitution and the provisions of the law which ensure its functioning and the way in which its decisions are taken, unless Parliament has a different opinion,” Mikati said in a statement. a statement. letter addressed to the Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri.
“A presidential decree approving the resignation of the government, which has already resigned in accordance with the constitution after a parliamentary election, has no constitutional value.”
According to Mikati, the decree was more of a statement than a constructive documentso that all cabinet responsibilities are transferred to the caretaker government until a new cabinet is appointed, “without the need for a presidential decision on the matter”.
Lebanon has been plunged into a serious financial and economic crisis, accompanied by political and social tensions, for more than two years. Now that Aoun has left a vacuum at the top of the tiny nation, the political crisis is set to deepen further.