Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun accused Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri of lying, denying that the latter had handed him a paper containing a government lineup, in a leaked video broadcast by some media outlets and transmitted on social media.
The video appeared to be an extract taken from a meeting between Aoun and Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab, ahead of the Supreme Defense Council meeting on Monday.
In the video, Diab asks Aoun about developments regarding the formation of a new government. The latter answers: “There is no formation… [Hariri] said that he gave me a paper.” He adds: “He is lying... He made false statements... and traveled to Turkey.”
No comment was issued by the presidential palace denying the leaked conversation.
Hariri responded to Aoun with a tweet, in which he quoted a phrase from the Bible, which says that wisdom does not penetrate a soul that seeks deception.
Observers noted that the video has shed light on the complexities of the new government formation and reciprocal lack of trust between the two sides.
While Hariri’s Future Movement insists that the ministerial lineup was ready but awaiting a decision by the president, the latter has reiterated the need to have unified standards with regards to the selection of ministers.