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Salam hopes for consensus on policy statement

Prime Minister Tammam Salam smiles upon his arrival at his home in Beirut, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam expressed hope Saturday that the country’s rival factions would reach a consensus over the policy statement, adding that the committee drafting the statement has made progress.

“We hope that the consensual spirit that resulted in the formation of the Cabinet will be reflected in the policy statement,” Salam said in a statement.

“The panel drafting the ministerial policy achieved progress in its work.”

The ministerial committee working on drafting the policy statement held its third meeting Friday at the Grand Serail.

Salam also said the Cabinet should work towards holding the presidential election on schedule in May 2014.

“The biggest challenge facing the cabinet is carrying out the presidential elections within the constitutional timeframe,” Salam said.

“If the government is able to successfully carry out the presidential election, this will fortify the country's democratic system.”





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