Miqati Pushes for Cabinet Session to Tackle 'Piling Issues'

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati announced on Saturday that efforts to hold a cabinet session to tackle pressing issues in the country are ongoing with various government factions.

Miqati stated that endeavors have been ongoing with President Michel Suleiman for some time now, but have intensified lately with “various government parties because the time period of the outgoing government has prolonged,” he told An Nahar in an interview.

He stressed that the pressing issues in the country that have been piling up for some time due to the failure to form a cabinet are the reason that pushed him to call for a session.

He said: “The accumulation of imperative files require urgent government decisions. Things can not remain pending like this in the country.”

“A date has not yet been set,” said Miqati, but pointed out that “the oil file may not necessarily be a priority on the agenda's meeting. It still needs further study.”

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam was tasked in April to form a cabinet following the resignation of Miqati's cabinet, but his efforts failed so far due to the conflicting demands of rival government parties.

Caretaker Energy minister Jebran Bassil has been demanding that the government convene to discuss and approve the oil file and some decrees, but Miqati has been refusing the request because of the government's caretaker role.

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