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Bishop: Bkirki opposes fait accompli Cabinet
Maronite bishops attend the monthly meeting in Bkirki, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (The Daily Star/Elie Mansour)
Maronite bishops attend the monthly meeting in Bkirki, north of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, April 4, 2012. (The Daily Star/Elie Mansour)
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BEIRUT: Maronite Bishop Boulus Sayyah said Thursday Bkirki opposed the formation of a fait accompli Cabinet, saying such a step could exacerbate the political impasse.

"Bkirki is against the formation of a fait accompli government because such [disputed] moves have always resulted in a stalemate,” Sayyah told a local television channel.

"Nobody can rule the country alone. Lebanon is unique because of its coexistence and we should accept each other and not impose things on one another,” he added.

President Michel Sleiman and PM-designate Tammam Salam have agreed to seek the formation of a neutral Cabinet with 14 nonpartisan ministers before Jan. 25, political sources told The Daily Star earlier this week.

The March 14 coalition has demanded neutral Cabinet since the appointment of Salam in April.

Hezbollah along with its allies in the March 8 group have voiced opposition against the formation of such a Cabinet, demanding a government lineup of 9-9-6 which grants rival factions veto power.

Sayyah also spoke about the upcoming presidential election, saying the Maronite Patriarch has not supported any candidate for the post.

"There must be a new elected president and it would shameful if elections don't take place,” he said.

“Bkirki did not nominate any name for the president ... [Maronite Cardinal Beshara] Rai has asked MPs to carry out their duty and elect a president,” Sayyah added.

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