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Geagea reiterates call for neutral Cabinet
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BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Saturday that current circumstances in the country called for the formation of a neutral government.

“The country cannot be left without a government on condition that the Cabinet is a real and harmonious one and these conditions can only be attained at the moment through a neutral government,” he said during a meeting with an LF delegation.

Geagea also reiterated his criticism of Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria and said Lebanon’s situation would not improve until the party ends its campaign on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

“I am convinced that as long as Hezbollah remains in its current position, we will not be able to improve the country but things will rather become worse,” he said.

Political sources said Friday that Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam intends to form a fait accompli government after intensive efforts failed to resolve the row over the rotation of key ministerial portfolios in a national unity Cabinet based on an 8-8-8 lineup.

The Free Patriotic Movement has rejected the proposed rotation of ministerial portfolios and caretaker Energy Minister Gebran Bassil has voiced his insistence on the party keeping the Energy and Telecom Ministries.

However, the sources said behind-the-scene contacts were still ongoing to form a new government that would bring together the rival March 14 and March 8 alliances.

 
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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said Saturday that current circumstances in the country called for the formation of a neutral government.

Political sources said Friday that Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam intends to form a fait accompli government after intensive efforts failed to resolve the row over the rotation of key ministerial portfolios in a national unity Cabinet based on an 8-8-8 lineup.
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