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Geagea urges immediate birth of neutral Cabinet
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Maarab, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub)
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Maarab, Tuesday, May 8, 2012. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub)
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BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea reiterated Tuesday his call for the immediate formation of a nonpartisan neutral Cabinet, blaming the “narrow interests” of his Christian political rival MP Michel Aoun for prolonging the months-long government crisis.

“President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam should not waste any more time and they should use their constitutional powers to form a neutral government [that excludes] the March 8 and 14 coalition,” he told the Central News Agency.

“Such a step has become urgent for the interests of the nation,” the LF chief said.

“For the first time, experience is showing that the formation of a so-called all-embracing government is facing major obstacles related to political issues and narrow details, calculations and interests,” he said, in an apparent reference to Aoun.

Aoun, a member of the March 8 coalition who wields the second largest parliamentary bloc, has rejected the rotation of ministerial portfolios in an all-embracing government, a key demand by the March 14 alliance.

Geagea repeated that the new government’s policy statement should include the Baabda Declaration, a pact by Lebanese political rivals to distance the country from regional conflicts, particularly in neighboring Syria.

The LF leader said the present circumstances in the country required a “capable and effective” Cabinet.

“A neutral government is the only one ... that [can] lead to stability in the country and distances itself from the logic of [sharing of spoils],” Geagea said.

 
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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea reiterated Tuesday his call for the immediate formation of a nonpartisan neutral Cabinet, blaming the "narrow interests" of his Christian political rival MP Michel Aoun for prolonging the months-long government crisis.

Geagea repeated that the new government's policy statement should include the Baabda Declaration, a pact by Lebanese political rivals to distance the country from regional conflicts, particularly in neighboring Syria.
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