Lebanese MP heads to Saudi for talks with former PM over new government

Published April 4th, 2013 - 08:36 GMT
MP Tamam Salam speaks during a news conference. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
MP Tamam Salam speaks during a news conference. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)

MP Tamam Salam headed Thursday to Saudi Arabia for talks with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, amid speculation the Beirut lawmaker will be named the March 14 candidate to head the next Lebanese government.

President Michel Sleiman will launch the two-days of parliamentary consultations to name a prime minister-designate Friday.

Hariri, who heads the Future Movement, said in remarks published Thursday his party’s outstretched hand policy toward the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition still exists.

“We still believe in the outstretched hand policy toward the other team [March 8], provided that state-building and respect for the state’s role are maintained,” Hariri told the Beirut daily Al-Liwaa in remarks published Thursday.

However, Hariri warned against “any adventure” that could worsen the security situation in Lebanon or lead to instability.

Hariri also hailed Sleiman for insisting the elections, due on June 9, be held on time.

"Sleiman is one of the most [committed] presidents in terms of adhering to the Taif [Accord] and the Constitution,” Hariri said.

He reiterated his rejection of the so-called Orthodox Gathering draft electoral law, which he said “torpedoes coexistence among Lebanese.”


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