Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
In an unexpected rare display of consensus among the country's major political parties, Gen. Michel Aoun was elected as Lebanon's 13th president on Oct. 31, ending a 29-month presidential void that had paralyzed state institutions and thrown the executive and legislative branches of power into disarray.The election of Aoun as president, which gained swift and strong regional and international backing, was coupled three days later by the prompt appointment of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to form a new Cabinet to replace a government described by its head, former Prime Minister Tammam Salam, as "a corrupt and failed government". Hariri, who had served as prime minister from November 2009 to January 2011, was praised for beating a record in setting up a 30-member national accord government in a relatively short time – one month and a half – compared to the more than 10 months it took Salam to form a 24-member Cabinet of "national interest". Both Hariri and Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah have struck an upbeat note about the country's future following the election of Aoun as president.The quick Cabinet formation was followed up by another rapid positive development: A seven-member ministerial committee tasked with drafting the government's policy statement managed in just two sessions last week to reach agreement on the political blueprint on whose basis the government will seek a vote of confidence, overriding enduring differences over the sensitive issue of Hezbollah's arms and its deep involvement in the nearly 6-year-old war in Syria.Aoun has said he will visit Saudi Arabia.
Hariri: 2020 budget part of three-year plan to revitalize economy
Golden opportunity: Hariri upbeat on CEDRE launch
Cabinet approves key judicial appointments
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE