Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri chaired on Wednesday afternoon at the Center House a meeting for the Future bloc, in the presence of former Deputy Speaker Farid Makari and the bloc's former MPs and ministers. At the end of the meeting, MP Mohamed Hajjar issued the following statement:
"At the beginning of the meeting, the bloc observed a meeting of silence for the repose of the soul of former MP Ahmad Karami.
First: The bloc discussed the latest comments of the prime minister, in which he attacked brotherly and friendly countries and the diplomatic corps. The Future bloc denounces such comments coming from a person who occupies the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. The bloc refuses that this post becomes a mailbox to send messages or a place to submit requests for political asylum.
Second: The bloc noted that some statements and stances by pillars of the presidency and its government speak about the need to change the government and suggest at the same time that Premier Saad Hariri is seeking to return to the government. The bloc considers that these words are aimed to mislead.
In this context, the bloc stresses that the team that formed the Mandate government should, instead of attempting to blame others and insinuate that there are personal conditions, bear the responsibility of facing the crisis and finding appropriate solutions to it. It has to save the country by initiating reforms, most importantly in the electricity sector, and by reconciling with the Arab brothers and the international community, and not by bragging about accomplishments that only exist in the imagination of their launchers.
Third: The bloc considered that the violation by some judges in the military court of the legal principles, as happened in summoning Sheikh Salem Al-Rafei and applying sectarian criteria, is a serious matter on which silence cannot be kept. The bloc warns that some parties are seeking to exploit the state of imbalance and collapse on the social, economic and financial levels to dig up some files and establish a police system that does not pertain to the rule of law. The bloc is surprised that that he who survived assassination attempts twice, first in the bombing of Takwa and Salam mosques in Tripoli, and second by sniping bullets on his way to Arsal in an effort to recover the kidnapped soldiers, is being pursued, while the bomber remains free and the sniper unknown.
Fourth: The bloc deplores the government's continuing policy of indifference toward the socio-economic crisis facing the Lebanese. Instead of increasing hours of electricity supply, the country drowns in darkness and fuel, water, and food crises. It is also unable to curb the collapse of the exchange rate of the LBP and the continuing rise in commodity prices.
Fifth: The bloc was not surprised by the government's policy towards appointments, especially the ones related to the electricity sector that have been suspended for three years because of the ruling party's insistence on leasing the sector to direct management by the party minister and his staff at the Ministry of Energy. Politicians and specialists have been calling for long to stop the interference in the electricity sector and end to the squander and the persistence to disrupt the formation of the regulatory body and the appointment of the board of directors. However, the results reached by the government were disappointing, as usual, and formed a new episode of sharing the administrative spoils, at the expense of the public interest. The Mandate and its government presented a repeated model of dubious performance and a message to all those concerned internally and externally that the electricity sector has not been freed from political and partisan capture.