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Lebanon resembles a sinking ship: Berri

Berri speaks in Beirut, Nov. 11, 2019. (The Daily Star/Hasan Ibrahim, HO)

BEIRUT: Lebanon resembles a sinking ship, according to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.

“The country is like a sinking ship that is slowly going down. If we do not take the necessary measures, it will completely go under,” Berri said, in remarks published Monday by local daily Al Joumhouria.

Berri stressed “the need to form a new government that addresses the current – very dangerous – situation as soon as possible.”

Saad Hariri resigned on Oct. 29 under the pressure from the nationwide protest movement, bringing down the government with him. He and his 30-member Cabinet are currently serving in a caretaking capacity, until the new government is formed.

Berri, speaking to visitors to his Ain al-Tineh residence, said he still supports Saad Hariri to form the new government.

Hariri has insisted on forming a technocratic government, a main demand by protesters, should he be designated once again as premier. However, the country’s main political parties insist on having political representation in the government.

An official source told The Daily Star on Sunday that cabinet formation attempts “are back to square one, with political rivals still disagreeing on who should head the next government.”

 

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