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Compromise needed over policy statement: Sleiman

  • Prime Minister Tammam Salam heads the ministerial committee meeting at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: Political parties should make compromises to help end the impasse over the new government’s policy statement, President Michel Sleiman urged Saturday.

“Just as we overcame many obstacles and abandoned [conditions] to form the national interest Cabinet we should draft the policy statement in this same spirit,” Sleiman said in a speech at the launch of the Lebanese Economic forum.

“Let us draft the policy statement as soon as possible so that the Cabinet can go ahead with addressing the matters of the country,” he said.

Sleiman also said he wanted the presidential election due in a few months and the parliamentary elections scheduled for later this year to be held on time.

The new 24-member Cabinet, formed after months of political bickering, has been struggling to finalize the ministerial statement due to difference between rival political parties over including a clause relating to “the resistance.”

 
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