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Salam: Delaying Lebanon Cabinet threatens stability

  • MP.Tammam Salam appears during the Arab Women Forum's conference in the Four Seasons hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam warned in comments published Tuesday of the dangers of delaying the formation of a new government, saying Lebanon’s stability was at stake.

The delay “threatens me, threatens all Lebanese under the weight of the bombings and the unstable situation,” Salam told Al-Akhbar daily.

He warned that the current situation could lead to a sectarian conflict.

“The situation could get out of the politicians’ hands if pushed [hard enough], God forbid, and lead to a Sunni-Shiite strife,” he told the paper.

Unfortunately, Salam said, the Free Patriotic Movement of MP Michel Aoun “does not see the threat.”

Salam insisted he would not budge on his demand for a rotation of ministerial portfolios, a request that has been rejected outright by Aoun.

“No compromise on rotation which has become a necessity,” Salam warned.

Salam said the rotation is based on sects and not on political forces or parties.

Mediation efforts have stumbled so far, raising doubts over the formation of a political, nonpartisan government, a key demand by the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition.

Salam defended the formation of a fait accompli Cabinet.

“I have already said that a fait accompli government is [the outcome] of a reality imposed by the political forces,” Salam said.

“A neutral government becomes a reality because the people want it more than a political government in light of what they have heard and witnessed in recent days,” he added. “Of course, politicians, have an opposite and a different point of view.”

 
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