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President Aoun promises to honour Baabda pledges

President Michel Aoun has promised to let the competent Judiciary set up the legal mechanism to the Baabda meeting decisions, a parliamentary source told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Miqati had agreed in a meeting they held in Baabda, on Independence day, to refer the ex-ministers charged with negligence over Beirut port blast to the Higher Council for the Trial of Presidents and Ministers instead of them being interrogated by judge Tarek Bitar.

The Presidency’s media office announced after the meeting that Aoun is following up on the implementation of what the three leaders have agreed upon.

Meanwhile, sources told Asharq al-Awsat that presidential advisor and former Justice Minister Salim Jreissati “might obstruct the judicial exit” that Aoun, Berri and Miqati have agreed upon.

Jreissati had last month snapped back at the Amal Movement over accusations that he was directing Bitar’s actions behind the scenes.

On another note, political sources told the newspaper that Miqati’s government won’t resign, and that the suspension of Cabinet sessions will make the government lose international support.

Source: Naharnet.com

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