Four ministers quit Lebanese cabinet

Four Lebanese ministers have quit the government in protest against a controversial constitutional amendment that keeps President Emile Lahud in office for another three years.

    Jumblat: We have nothing more to do with this government

    Three ministers from the Progressive Socialist Party of Druze leader Walid Jumblat are to formally notify Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri of their decision on Tuesday, the PSP announced just hours after Environment Minister Faris

    Bouaiz

     tendered his resignation.   

    The trio consist of Economy and Trade Minister Marwan Hamadah, Culture Minister Ghazi Aridi and Displaced Persons Minister Abd Allah Farhat. 

    "Our ministers and Bouaiz were part of the people who refused the extension of Lahud's term," Jumblat told Aljazeera.net.

     

    "They are following their political course. It is in the accordance with our position that we have taken in the parliament," he said. 

    "We have nothing more to do with this government."

    Honour-bound

    Bouaiz told reporters he had felt honour-bound to step down after he joined 28 other MPs, including Jumblat's PSP, in voting against the change on Friday.

    "It is natural that I should tender my resignation from the
    government, given our differences over the constitutional
    amendment," Bouaiz said. 

    Despite a UN Security Council resolution passed the previous day backing Lebanon's sovereignty and implicitly censuring Damascus, Lebanese MPs voted to change the law to allow Lahud to remain in office beyond his original six-year term.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


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