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Cabinet formation efforts stunted: Berri
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BEIRUT: Efforts to form a new Lebanese government were halted because some political leaders lack the capacity to make decisions, Speaker Nabih Berri said in remarks published Wednesday.

“The political situation in the country is frozen and talks regarding government [formation] and other [issues] are halted because some cannot make a decision,” Berri told the local newspaper An-Nahar.

“It turned out that this issue is out of their hands,” he said, while expressing dismay over remarks by some politicians who contradict themselves regarding the 9-9-6 Cabinet lineup.

Berri has repeatedly stressed that the 9-9-6 proposal – suggested by Hezbollah and its allies in the March 8 alliance – is a reasonable lineup, one that could break the ongoing Cabinet stalemate.

The Future Movement-led March 14 coalition, however, has rejected that proposal, calling instead for the formation of a neutral, non-partisan government.

Commenting on repeated attacks on the Lebanese Army in recent days, Berri said “these terrorist groups apparently aim to drag the country into chaos and destroy the military institution which is a national cohesive force.”

 
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