Tens of thousands of Lebanese protesters calling for an end to the political elite flooded the streets of Beirut on Sunday, marking the largest anti-government demonstration since the resignation of the country's prime minister.
Aoun known as on his supporters to work with the anti-government protesters to finish corruption and to create a non-sectarian state, in remarks carried reside on screens on the rally close to the presidential palace in Baabda.
Though no immediate estimate of the rally's size was available, many thousands spread across a roadway leading to the palace. They have been holding demonstrations since October 17 demanding an end to widespread corruption and mismanagement by the political class that has ruled the country for three decades.
"We're here to say to Aoun that we love you and renew our trust in you", said Hiyam Khairat at the rally.
Aoun should now maintain consultations with parliamentary blocs earlier than appointing a brand new prime minister, however that course of may take weeks and even months judging by previous expertise, and protesters are fearful it will depart the identical political figures in place. "We reject the idea of isolating some of our people", said Bassil, in an apparent reference to the Shiite community that makes almost a third of the country's population.
"Many are trying to be obstructive".
Mr Aoun has said there are some "complications" to resolve.
He acknowledged that "corruption won't finish simply as a result of it has been deeply rooted for many years".
Bassil, the target of some of the protesters' harshest chants, also addressed the rally near the presidential palace at Baabda.
"Be careful, we have long and hard days ahead of us".
Though no formal capital controls were announced, customers encountered new restrictions on withdrawals of USA dollars and transfers overseas when the banks opened on Friday.
The UAE central bank governor Mubarak Rashid Al Mansouri did not elaborate on what this recommendation might be and said specifics had not been agreed upon.
However, restrictions were reported on foreign-currency withdrawals and transfers overseas.
Lebanon's president said on November 2 he will soon set a date for formal consultations with lawmakers to pick a new prime minister following Saad al-Hariri's resignation, but is working to resolve some complications first.
Lebanon's powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, which backs Aoun, has said Hariri's resignation will waste valuable time in enacting measures needed to tighten state finances and convince foreign donors to release some $11 billion in pledged aid.
On Sunday evening anti-government protestors flooded streets in Beirut and north and south of the capital, rejecting Aoun's attempt to position himself as the guarantor of the protest movement and its anti-corruption drive.
But protesters have vowed to press ahead with their demands and - after numbers dwindled amid rain in recent days - were set to make a broad stand on Sunday afternoon in Beirut's main square.