Further attempts have been made to end a political crisis that has paralysed the Lebanese government for months. The Secretary General of the Arab League has brought together the leaders of the governing coalition and the Christian opposition. This is the latest of numerous attempts at striking a deal on the country’s leadership.
The League’s Amr Moussa said: “There was agreement on a number of issues, which makes me optimistic that there is a good chance for an accord. But there are also some issues that require consultation.”
The political impasse means Lebanon has not had a president since November. This amid demands from the opposition for an equal number of seats in the cabinet. The Arab League plan recommends the election of the army chief as president and the formation of a national unity government.
It also proposes the drafting of a new law so parliamentary elections can be held next year.