Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri speaks with FPM eader Michel Aoun as they attend a session of the national dialogue at the Parliament in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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The escalating feud between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri over the signing of a controversial decree promoting a number of Army officers from the president's time as Army head in the 1980s is raising serious questions over whether the power-sharing formula between Muslims and Christians is still valid for the multisectarian country.With no solution to the officers' promotion decree dispute in sight – Aoun refuses to revoke the decree as demanded by Berri and the latter is adamant in his rejection – it is feared that the widening rift might plunge the country into a political and confessional showdown between the Maronite president and the Shiite Muslim speaker with all the grave consequences this would entail for the country's fragile stability and the functioning of state institutions.Berri concurred with Aoun that the decree dispute was not over the Army, but was a political issue.Enraged by the decree, Berri last week pronounced the Taif Accord, the Constitution and the power-sharing formula dead after he implicitly accused Aoun of violating the accord by signing the officers' promotion decree and ignoring the need for the finance minister's approval.Despite the escalating tensions between Aoun and Berri over the decree, Hariri sounded optimistic about finding a solution to the decree crisis.
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