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Salam: Cabinet must maintain momentum despite vacuum

Prime Minister Tammam Salam during a Cabinet meeting at the Grand Serail in Beirut.(The Daily Star/File/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam has warned against a one-sided government that could lead to paralysis, while stressing he won’t give up his powers as set in the Constitution.

“Crippling the government’s work may have a negative effect on the motion of the country,” Salam said in remarks published Monday. “At the same time, I won’t give up the powers of the prime minister as stated in the Constitution.”

Salam expressed hope that the Cabinet’s next meeting would be able to reach agreement on a mechanism of action, allowing ministries to maintain the momentum that began with the formation of the government, particularly in terms of handling the citizens’ day-to-day affairs.

"Provocation or unilateralism won’t get us anywhere,” he told An-Nahar, while acknowledging the “imbalance” due to the lack of electing a new president.

Salam, nevertheless, stressed that the ministers’ “mission should focus on securing the election in order to address this imbalance.”

The premier also warned that it was “not acceptable to use the executive power as means of pressure in the issue of presidential vacuum.”

 

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