Hariri Set for Crucial Talks with Berri on Cabinet Deadlock, Stepping Down

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Hariri Set for Crucial Talks with Berri on Cabinet Deadlock, Stepping Down

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, facing major hurdles that for months have prevented the formation of a new government to deliver reforms and avert the country’s total economic collapse, is expected to hold a crucial meeting with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri this week to decide on his next move, including the possibility of stepping down, a political source said Sunday.

“When he returns to Beirut, Hariri is set to hold crucial talks with Speaker Berri to decide on whether to forge ahead with his attempts to form a proposed Cabinet of nonpartisan specialists to enact reforms or step down, especially after the speaker’s Cabinet initiative was rejected by President Michel Aoun and MP Gebran Bassil,” the source familiar with the matter told The Daily Star.

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Source: The Daily Star