Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam, right, receives U.S. ambassador to Lebanon David Hale in Beirut, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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There is a political consensus among global powers – particularly France, the United States, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Iran – that Lebanon should be distanced from the crisis in the region, according to Western diplomatic sources.According to the politician, leading officials said the March 8 bloc's obstruction of the formation of a government had absolved Sleiman and Salam from any commitments to Speaker Nabih Berri and head of the Progressive Socialist Movement Walid Jumblatt.Salam is thus faced with two options: Returning to a neutral, technocratic government, in which the March 8 bloc would likely be obliged to offer a vote of confidence if doing the opposite made their group responsible for obstructing the formation of a Cabinet; or forming a unified and balanced government based on the 8-8-8 formula without excluding anyone.
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