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Lebanon: Possible Exits for Political Crisis Could Reactivate Government

Lebanon: Possible Exits for Political Crisis Could Reactivate Government

Wednesday, 29 November, 2017 - 06:45
Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi at the Baabda presidential palace. (NNA)

The final form of a solution that Lebanese political parties are currently working on to resolve the current political crisis remains unclear, despite an agreement between them about the need to find one.

There are currently two possibilities to any solution: The amendment of the ministerial statement, a proposal that requires the parliament’s approval, and second, a new political declaration issued by the government and which stipulates that all parties abide by the dissociation policy to protect Lebanon from regional conflicts.

Informed political sources also told Asharq Al-Awsat that all parties are open to reach a solution to the current crisis, however, they said that the final form of a possible solution was not yet finalized.

Amid an optimistic mood that surrounded negotiations and talks launched between the several political blocs currently represented in the government, the final form of a solution cannot be ratified before the return of President Michel Aoun from his trip to Italy on Wednesday.

A major development took place on Tuesday evening, when Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rahi quoted Aoun as telling him that a cabinet session will be held in Beirut after the president’s return from Italy.

Ahead of his trip, Aoun hoped "the coming week would bring more positive developments with regard to the political situation that resulted from Prime Minister Saad Hariri's resignation and then his decision to put it on hold.”

The President underlined "the country's stability and security, and its strong relations with all Arab and foreign states."

The positive mood in the country was also confirmed by State Minister for Combating Corruption Nicholas Tueini, who told Asharq Al-Awsat: “Things are heading in the right direction, towards the reactivation of the ministerial work.”

However, the minister said that any good news about the current situation would not emerge before next week.

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