File - Sleiman and Salam conferred about portfolios for two hours at the Baabda Palace. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra,HO)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Speaking to The Daily Star, the diplomat said Speaker Nabih Berri and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt had urged President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam to wait for few more days before issuing the decrees to form a new government, so that Berri and Jumblatt could continue their efforts to remove the remaining hurdles.The diplomat wondered whether Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun, whose stance against rotation of key ministerial portfolios among sects is blocking the Cabinet formation, could visit Riyadh if invited, or whether Berri and Hariri could meet outside Lebanon.Separately, sources familiar with the Cabinet formation talks said that the latest contacts, including those between former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and Salam, focused on who would be the interior minister in the new Cabinet. The sources added that, for the moment, the March 14 coalition would not return to calling for the formation of neutral Cabinet, as Hariri was still committed to sharing power with Hezbollah in the new government, reflecting an Iranian–Saudi rapprochement over Lebanon.
Lebanon left to solve its own problems
Terrorist sleeper cells under scrutiny
Government faces new test over joint Arab force
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE