File - From left, Ministers Mohammad Fneish, Gebran Bassil and Nouhad Machnouk attend a Cabinet session in Beirut, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The year-old government of Prime Minister Tammam Salam has succeeded in maintaining a semblance of stability in Lebanon amid mounting security threats posed by Syria-based jihadis as well as turmoil and popular upheavals roiling the Middle East region, political analysts said Tuesday.Frangieh said Lebanon faced three threats: A threat from the 4-year-old war in Syria, a threat of the sectarian strife currently raging in the region spreading to Lebanon, and the threat of Israel igniting the south Lebanon front in an attempt to derail any possible deal between Iran and Western powers over its nuclear program.The government last month celebrated the first anniversary of its formation amid a mixed feeling of popular satisfaction and frustration, even by Salam, who has frequently complained that his Cabinet has been unable to make decisions on crucial issues because of disagreement among its 24 ministers.Following the formation of his 24-member Cabinet on Feb. 15 last year, Salam declared that the main goals of the government were to maintain stability and set the stage for parliamentary elections. After the country fell into a presidential vacuum on May 25 at the end of President Michel Sleiman's six-year tenure, the government was obliged under the Constitution to temporarily fill the vacuum until a new president is elected.
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