BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Sunday that he and former prime ministers were working on resolving the problem of Dar al-Fatwa, warning that they would resort to “appropriate measures” if their efforts failed.
“We are carefully addressing the election of a new grand mufti given its importance and sensitivity and we are still working on coming up with a decent way out [of the problem],” Salam told a delegation of the Committee of Muslim Scholars.
Salam said that if these efforts hit a dead end, then he would take the “appropriate measures” to preserve the post of the grand mufti and the unity of Sunnis in Lebanon. Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani’s term expires in September.
But Lebanon risks having two new grand muftis, as the Higher Islamic Council, which supervises the administrative and financial affairs of Dar al-Fatwa, is divided into two.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 21, 2014, on page 3.