Lebanon News

Hariri not expected to launch initiative

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks to journalists in the Hague, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)

BEIRUT: Future Bloc MP Jean Ogassapian said Friday that he didn't expect former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to launch a new initiative to break the political deadlock in Lebanon, stressing that Hariri would present his vision on the political future in Lebanon and the region.

“I am not aware of any initiative in the pipeline, and I don’t believe there is one,” Ogassapian said. “But I do know that he (Hariri) will propose ideas and suggestions for resolving the existing crises, notably the deadlocked presidential election and reinstating normal work in the executive authority."

Hariri is scheduled to address the annual Future Party iftar Friday evening.

Ogassapian refused to give any hint about Hariri’s proposals saying, “I will leave it for him to tell.”

He stressed, however, that Hariri “is aware of the dangers threatening Lebanon as well as the deteriorating situation in the whole region, and he is keen on preserving civilian peace and safeguarding the country from the shrapnel of explosions plaguing the region.”

“It is unfortunate that political powers in this country get entangled in such minor issues while serious developments are galloping in the region,” he said, referring to ongoing debate over issues such as the new salary scale.

He expressed skepticism about raising the issue of payment of public employees’ salaries at this time, saying, “there is a clause in the budget that allows the payment of salaries. ... Why raise that issue now and add another public controversy which would further affect the lives of people?”

“The stance of the Future Movement in that regard is clear and that is paying the salaries,” Ogassapian added





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