President Michel Sleiman, left, receives Prime Minister designate Tammam Salam at the Presidential Palace in Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Baabda)
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)
Despite stepped up political activity aimed at hastening the Cabinet formation, differences between the rival factions over the policy statement threaten to delay the birth of a new government, a senior March 8 source said Wednesday.According to the source, President Michel Sleiman, Berri, Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam and MP Walid Jumblatt call for constitutional steps, that is, the formation of a new Cabinet, to be taken first before deciding on its policy statement.At the root of the problem holding up the Cabinet formation is Hezbollah's insistence the tripartite equation "The Army, the people and the Resistance" be mentioned in the Cabinet's policy statement as had been the case with previous governments.But the March 14 coalition, which opposes Hezbollah's arsenal and its military intervention in Syria, has called for this equation to be replaced with the Baabda Declaration in the policy statement of any Cabinet. Berri insisted the policy statement should be discussed after the Cabinet formation in comments published by As-Safir Wednesday.Sleiman met separately with Salam, former President Amine Gemayel, caretaker Social Minister Wael Abu Faour and March 14 MP Butros Harb to discuss the ongoing consultations on the Cabinet formation.
Massive response if Israel attacks, Nasrallah warns
Top leaders agree to implement key Taif Accord provisions
Cabinet meeting set to talk power
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE