File - From left, Ministers Ali Hasan Khalil, Samir Moqbel, Arthur Nazarian and Akram Shehayeb attend a Cabinet meeting in Beirut, Thursday, July 23, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam's "Cabinet of national interest" enters its third year in office next week scarred by dismal failures on the political and economic levels, while it can claim credit for having succeeded in maintaining a semblance of stability in Lebanon amid the fires raging in the volatile region, analysts said Friday. With no end in sight to the 20-month-long presidential vacuum and with a paralyzed Parliament, the government is the "last vestige of legitimacy" and the only remaining constitutional "safety valve" for the country as it faces major security, economic and political challenges, they said. Khashan said the government has failed to honor promises to facilitate the election of a president and hold parliamentary elections on time.After the country fell into a presidential vacuum on May 25, 2014, 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.Nader, the USJ professor, said the government managed to maintain a semblance of stability in the country, prevented Sunni-Shiite strife and stopped the Syrian fire from spreading to Lebanon.However, Khashan, the AUB professor, did not credit the government with maintaining stability and security in the country.
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