Hariri: All options on table

Published October 1st, 2009 - 03:10 GMT

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on Thursday continued his effort to reach a cabinet deal with rival parties. Hariri’s second bid to create a unity government included a meeting with members of his March 14 movement and opposition lawmakers affiliated with the March 8 slate.

 

Hariri is expected to inform President Michel Sleiman the outcomes of his meetings by the end of the week after he speaks with MPs from Hizbullah’s Loyalty to Resistance bloc, the Lebanese Forces (LF) and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM).

 

Despite his sustained efforts to reach a cabinet deal, several MPs have expressed their pessimism.  On Thursday, Hariri warned that all possibilities were on the table if a consensus could not be met. “I give priority to a national consensus cabinet, but all possibilities are open in case we reach a dead end.”

“National responsibility compels us to find a way out of crises,” he said adding that his conversations with lawmakers had cement trust among rival parties.

 

Hariri’s first bid to create a unity government after the June 7 vote failed to garner support from the opposition, who demanded a say on who would head each ministry.

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