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Future MPs won't give government confidence: Future official.

Summary: MPs in the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc will not grant confidence in the government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab next week, a member of the party's politburo told The Daily Star Friday.

BEIRUT: MPs in the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc will not grant confidence in the government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab next week, a member of the party's politburo told The Daily Star Friday.

"The MPs will attend the sessions but will not give confidence," former Future MP Mustafa Alloush said. The decision was made for a number of reasons, Alloush explained, including the MPs' feeling that the government's policy statement did not adequately address the pressing needs of the country.

MPs are set to meet for sessions to give confidence in Diab's 20-member Cabinet Feb. 11-12.

The Cabinet, dubbed by Diab "a government to confront challenges," approved the policy statement Thursday, during a meeting headed by President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace.

A draft copy of the statement outlined plans including reducing interest rates, restructuring the public sector and seeking support from international donors. The draft was approved with minor amendments.

The Future Movement, Progressive Socialist Party, Lebanese Forces and Kataeb Party all declined to participate in Diab's government, which is made up of ministers backed by Hezbollah and its allies.

The parliamentary blocs of the PSP, LF and Kataeb party have also said they will not grant confidence in the government.

LF leader Samir Geagea said in an interview with the Central News Agency published Friday that the government did not deserve confidence and that its policy statement represented a "catastrophic failure."

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Date:Feb 7, 2020
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