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Saniora: Government Resignation Opens Door to Returning to Dialogue

Former premier Fouad Saniora on Friday announced that the government's resignation “opens the door to returning to dialogue,” voicing concerns over the likely postponement of parliamentary elections.

“We believe that this government should have resigned a long time ago and it has opened a new window for correcting its faulty performance and it has also opened the door to dialogue,” Saniora said in a phone interview with Al-Arabiya.

In response to a question, Saniora added: “I don't think that the security situation will be affected and those who can blow up the security situations are the well-known armed parties, but no one has an interest in that.”

Asked about the electoral law, the ex-PM said: “It turned out that a real camp was seeking to reach consensus over an electoral law and we submitted new ideas so that elections can happen.”

“It seems that it is impossible now to abide by the legal deadline for the elections,” Saniora said.

“We are very keen on dissociating ourselves from what's happening in Syria, but that doesn't mean muzzling opinions,” Saniora said.

A few hours earlier, Miqati announced his resignation after a cabinet session in which he failed to pass the extension of Internal Security Forces chief Ashraf Rifi's term and the formation of the committee to oversee the elections.


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