Lebanon to form government after Easter: parliament speaker

13:34, April 21, 2011      

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Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said Wednesday a new government is to be formed after the Easter holiday, the country's state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.

Berri made the remarks after meeting with President Michel Suleiman who also met with Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati and discussed with him the general situation and the cabinet formation, however, no details have been made public.

Mikati, who was appointed the prime minister-designate on Jan. 25 after defeating the outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri, has been trying to form a government for more than two months.

The cabinet forming process is reportedly being hampered by Hezbollah's Christian ally Michel Aoun's demand that he receive a blocking third of cabinet seats, including the important Interior Ministry.

Hariri's national unity government collapsed on Jan. 12, after ministers affiliated to the Hezbollah-led March 8 Alliance resigned as the Saudi-Syrian mediation on Lebanon's political crisis failed.

Tensions between Lebanon's two rivalry political blocs increased over the investigation into former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination in 2005. The March 14 Alliance supported the UN-backed tribunal, but the Hezbollah-led March 8 called for boycotting it.

Source: Xinhua
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