Lebanese politicians to revamp negotiations after Eid holiday

Published August 3rd, 2013 - 07:10 GMT
Lebanese Parliament building (AFP file photo)
Lebanese Parliament building (AFP file photo)

Renewed efforts to form a new government are likely to gain momentum after the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of next week, reported the daily An Nahar Saturday.

Observers said however that should the deadlock between the rival political powers persist, the dispute could be resolved through national dialogue.

President Michel Suleiman has called on Thursday for the formation of a “balanced national cabinet that could achieve national interests.”

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam's visitors meanwhile told An Nahar that he is not seeking the formation of a provocative government, reiterating his commitment to a “non-political centrist cabinet” that can help resolve disputes.

Should neither of these suggestions be fulfilled, the political powers could turn to national dialogue to eliminate obstacles that may result in the formation of a new cabinet, said the premier-designate's visitors.

Prime Minister Najib Miqati resigned in March and Salam was appointed to form a new government amid conflicting positions between the political powers.

The March 14 alliance is demanding forming an impartial cabinet, the March 8 forces is insisting on forming a political one, and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat objects to a cabinet that does not represent all Lebanese factions.

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