Report: Berri Promotes 'Package Deal', Says Electing President Doesn't Solve Difficulties

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Speaker Nabih Berri reiterated that the election of a president alone does not solve Lebanon's pending problems, and highlighted the necessity for political factions to shoulder responsibility and agree on controversial issues, al-Joumhouria daily said on Thursday.

“Everyone must shoulder their responsibility in order (for Lebanon) to get out of the crisis,” visitors to Berri quoted him as saying.

“Their agreement on a solution starting with the election of a president facilitates the task of the president, because electing a president alone does not solve the lingering political problems,” added the Speaker.

Berri was referring to the objections raised by head of the Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea and Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi against a package deal that he launched earlier this year.

Berri's initiative deal aimed at ending the impasse. He called for shortening the term of parliament and that the elections be held based on the 1960 law should political forces fail to agree on a new electoral one.

He also called for staging the presidential elections after the parliamentary ones and forming a national unity government.

Comments 7
Thumb marcus 11 August 2016, 09:18

Your package deal is a disguise for the hezbollah initiated constituent assembly. Follow the constitution and spare us your weekly fads.

Missing humble 11 August 2016, 11:58

Very well said.

Thumb ex-fpm 11 August 2016, 09:48

Hezbollah's package deal include the following:

Appointing the President
Agreeing on who is the Prime Minister
Agreeing on the Ministerial Statement ( Army, People, Hezbollah Equation )
Agreeing on how the agenda of the cabinet is prepared
Agreeing on the Oil File
Agreeing on Security appointments including Army Commander
Agreeing on Foreign Policy
Agreeing on New Election Law

Thumb justin 11 August 2016, 10:11

Basically, total control of the country?!

Thumb janoubi 11 August 2016, 10:31

A sample of the hezbullah election law:

النائب طلال ارسلان للـ NBN:
لماذا لا نجري الانتخابات وفق القانون الأكثري في مناطق تواجد "حزب الله" ووفق القانون النسبي في المناطق الأخرى؟

yes total control in its areas and a share in opponents areas.

Missing humble 11 August 2016, 12:01

This is what Ayatollah Sayyid Ahmad Hassani Baghdadi is wanting!!!!

Thumb shab 11 August 2016, 21:30

Berri, you are useless. Retire now.