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Lebanon: No End in Sight in Cabinet Formation Impasse

Lebanon: No End in Sight in Cabinet Formation Impasse

Wednesday, 21 April, 2021 - 07:15
File photo. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri visits President Michel Aoun (NNA)

No major efforts are being exerted to make a breakthrough in Lebanon's government formation process, despite shy attempts by a number of politicians that have failed to yield tangible results.


In this regard, Hezbollah MP Hassan Ezzeddine said Tuesday that his party is holding talks with all sides over the government formation issue to remove obstacles hindering the formation of a new cabinet capable of facing Lebanon’s severe economic, social and financial crises.


Ezzeddine said the new cabinet must address the people’s needs by adopting reforms to fight corruption.


Meanwhile, sources from the Free Patriotic Movement and the Shiite duo said there no new developments regarding the cabinet formation process, affirming that there are no current talks between the political parties.


For their part, FPM sources blamed Hariri for the deadlock, saying there is no hope for talks to take place since Hariri is still traveling.


Meanwhile, Hezbollah and the Amal Movement supported Speaker Nabih Berri’s initiative.


“It became clear that until today, there is no decision to form a cabinet, particularly from President Aoun and MP Gebran Bassil,” the sources said, adding that the US and Arab countries support Berri’s initiative.


The sources were referring to the separate visits that Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry made to Beirut last week to discuss the political and financial crises.


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