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Berri Insists on Holding Parliamentary Session ‘until Day of Resurrection’

Premier-designate Najib Miqati is trying to avoid a dispute with Speaker Nabih Berri, who is making all efforts to speed up the cabinet formation process by suggesting a 49-article agenda for the June 8 parliamentary session instead of restricting it with renewing the term of the Central Bank governor, the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat reported on Monday.

Sources told the daily that Berri doesn’t want to shift the government formation crisis to parliament.

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Berri to Follow Up Cabinet Formation Indirectly, Denies Dispute with Miqati

Speaker Nabih Berri has decided not to directly follow up on the cabinet formation process, tasking his advisor MP Ali Hasan Khalil to carry out the mission, An Nahar reported on Monday.

“I am waiting to reach the stage of decision and formation,” Berri said.

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Miqati: I Haven’t Received Any of Political Blocs’ Ministerial Candidates

Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati condemned on Sunday claims that he had received the names of ministerial candidates from various political blocs.

His press office said in a statement: “Up until this moment, the premier-designate has not received any names and any claims contrary to this are an attempt to conceal the truth.”

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Suleiman Prepares ‘All Necessary Steps’ to Renew Salameh’s Term

President Michel Suleiman has prepared all the necessary steps to renew the term of the Central Bank governor Riyad Salameh “at the right time”, An Nahar daily reported on Monday.

The newspaper said that Suleiman is still giving the new cabinet the priority to renew Salameh’s term once it’s formed.

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Iranian Delegation in Maroun al-Ras as Army Disperses 2 Naksa Day Demos

The clashes of the Nakba Day at Maroun al-Ras were averted on Sunday as the Lebanese army prevented demonstrations, commemorating the Naksa Day, from being held, reported the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat on Monday.

The army succeeded in imposing its authority over the entire region south of the Litani River, prohibiting Palestinian and Lebanese demonstrators from heading to the southern border.

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Al-Rahi Meets Suleiman, Calls for Speeding up Govt. Formation

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi urged on Sunday the political leaders in Lebanon to speed up the government formation process.

He said in his Sunday sermon: “We hope they would immediately help the country out of the crisis through the formation of a Cabinet that would only work towards bolstering the dignity of the Lebanese people.”

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Moussawi: Need to Speed up Cabinet Formation to Thwart March 14’s Destructive Agenda

Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Nawwaf Moussawi stressed on Sunday the need to speed up the government formation process in order to save the country from the March 14 camp’s “destructive agenda.”

“The main motivation behind the government change was to prevent the March 14 camp from leading the country towards sectarian strife over the indictment in the investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri,” he said.

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Phalange MPs to Provide Conditional Quorum to June 8 Parliament Session

Phalange Party leader Amin Gemayel announced that the party’s MPs would be willing to participate in the June 8 parliamentary session on condition that its schedule be restricted to the topic of extending the term of Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh.

This position was revealed a couple of days after he had met with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Thursday night as part of the MP’s “centrist” efforts to overcome the obstacles in the government formation.

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Optimism Surrounds Government Formation: Maneuver to Oust Miqati?

Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati’s meeting on Saturday with Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s advisor, Huessin Khalil, was limited to generalities over the rules that need to be adopted in the formation of the new government, reported the daily An Nahar Sunday.

It added that Miqati has not yet received from Hizbullah and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun their ministerial candidates.

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Berri-Miqati Contacts Severed: Ali Hasan Khalil Absent from Cabinet Talks

Speaker Nabih Berri’s advisor, MP Ali Hasan Khalil, boycotted on Saturday the latest “mediatory” meeting with Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati, leaving it up to Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s advisor, Hussein Khalil, to complete the mission of holding talks with Miqati to remove obstacles hindering the government formation.

Berri reportedly left his Ain al-Tineh residence in Beirut and headed to the South on Friday without meeting with the premier-designate as was scheduled after the later issued a statement announcing that he will not take part in the June 8 parliamentary session that the speaker had called for.

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