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Both government and opposition failing: Berri

 

BEIRUT: Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri criticized the behavior of both the March 8 and the March 14 alliances, describing it as a problem for the country.

“The problem that is currently facing the country is that the majority does not know how to govern and the opposition does not know how to oppose,” Berri said in an interview published Tuesday by As-Safir newspaper.

“What is needed is simple, and that is for each party to do its job, no more, no less and then the situation in the country would be better,” he added.

The division between Lebanon’s rival political factions has been paralyzing the work of the government in recent months, with the factions exchanging fiery attacks.

Berri, known to be aligned with the March 8 alliance, also criticized the March 14 coalition’s refusal to place the issue of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on the national dialogue agenda.

“I’d like to point out to those that say the tribunal is not up for discussion that the tribunal was established unanimously during national dialogue before the tribunal changed from being a consensus matter to a disputed case,” Berri said.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon, established in 2007 to probe the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, has been a particular point of controversy since it accused four Hezbollah members of involvement in the killing.

President Michel Sleiman has called on lawmakers of both camps to relaunch national dialogue in a bid to resolve some of the political bickering that has destabilized the country’s political life.

While the March 14 coalition refuse to discuss the issue of the tribunal, Hezbollah, in return, rejects the March 14 calls to place the issue of the resistance’s arsenal on the agenda.

 

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