File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri arrives at the National Dialogue session held at Baabda Palace, Lebanon, on Monday, June 25, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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However, given the failing efforts to provide a solution to the ministerial statement, the spotlight has fallen on the Constitution and what it says should happen if the government does not carry out its mission within 30 days from its formation.Some legal experts believe that missing the 30-day deadline would turn the Cabinet into a caretaker government, while others say that as no punishment is mentioned the deadline is simply meant to push the committee to finalize the ministerial statement.Another relevant part of the Constitution, Article 69, also does not point to the government having to resign in case the ministerial statement was not drafted, reinforcing the notion that the time limit was meant to hasten work, although this does not mean the deadline is open-ended.One law expert, however, believes there is something more dangerous waiting for the country than the legal ambiguities if premier Tammam Salam's government is unable to draft a ministerial statement, does not manage to gain a vote of confidence and the presidential polls do not take place.
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