Lebanese President Michel Aoun called for an investigation into the events in the city of Tripoli (in the north of the country), and requested the prosecution of those he described as the perpetrators who had infiltrated the ranks of the demonstrators, and he exchanged accusations with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.
A statement issued by the Lebanese Presidency stated that Aoun discussed with the Minister of National Defense in the caretaker government, Zeina Aker, the security situation after the riots that occurred Thursday in Tripoli, which led to the burning of the municipality building and the attack on official and private facilities.
The Lebanese presidency’s statement also accused the prime minister-designate, Saad Hariri, of trying to unilaterally form the government.
For his part, Hariri asked – in a statement – why the army units did not intervene during the attack on the official headquarters in Tripoli.
Hariri’s media office considered that the presidential palace departments are pursuing policies of obstruction, and they want to direct the formation of the government towards sectarian paths.