Berri Sources: Vote Plunged Lebanon into Dangerous Phase

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The latest parliamentary elections have plunged the country into a dangerous phase due to the “sectarian incitement” that marred the electoral campaigns, sources close to Speaker Nabih Berri have said, while noting that “there is insistence on overcoming this situation after the polls.”

“The Baabda meeting between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Berri focused on key issues such as the Syrian refugee crisis, the economic situation and the regional situation,” the sources told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks published Sunday.

The two leaders “stressed that Lebanon should not waste the chance that was provided by the CEDRE conference,” the sources added, referring to an international meeting for supporting Lebanon's economy that was held in Paris.

“Speaker Berri had already discussed these topics with Prime Minister Saad Hariri,” the sources revealed.

Berri and Hariri “fully agreed on the need to accomplish two essential events: the election of a Speaker and a Parliament Bureau and the formation of a new government, especially that the president had previously announced that his term would only kick off after the elections.”

The sources also noted that “the shape of the parliamentary and political blocs has not yet crystallized,” adding that the picture might become clearer with the formation of the new government.

Comments 2
Thumb whyaskwhy 20 May 2018, 18:14

What a speaker, what a government! He just figured this out that the country was split? wow after 40 years of heading the government its dawning on him that Syrian regime policies in Lebanon are also a failure? And he explained this to the little quisling too, hmmm makes you wonder what they truly care about.

Missing rabiosa 20 May 2018, 18:40

That's why no law would've made any difference. The only true law that needs to be implemented is the one man one vote law. No lists no Tahalof no bs.