Salam Tackles Cabinet’s Power Mechanism with Berri

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Prime Minister Tammam Salam held talks on Thursday with Speaker Nabih Berri at Ain al-Tineh as media reports said the meeting tackled the mechanism regulating the government’s work during the ongoing presidential vacuum.

Salam left Ain al-Tineh without making any statement.

However, MTV channel reported that the meeting focused on a row among the cabinet members over the mechanism that should regulate the government’s work and its jurisdictions.

Tuesday's cabinet session failed anew to resolve the dispute among the political arch-foes over the mechanism that should regulate the work of the government during the presidential vacuum.

The cabinet had convened last week for the first time after the end of ex-president Michel Suleiman's term. The parliament has failed to elect a successor to Suleiman -- whose six-year term ended on May 25 -- despite having held five electoral sessions for that purpose.

The presidential vacuum raised fears that it would affect Lebanon's power-sharing agreement under which the president should be a Maronite, the premier a Sunni and the speaker a Shiite.

As Salam left Ain el-Tineh, Health Minister Wael Abou Faour, who is loyal to Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat, arrived for talks with Berri.

On Wednesday, Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun met with Berri, he announced that the participation of the Change and Reform bloc MPs in parliamentary sessions “is being mulled,” noting that solutions to the political crises might be found “in the near future.”



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