Lebanese parliament speaker supports Arab plan

By Xinhua

Beirut : Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, a main opposition leader, expressed support on Sunday towards a decision by Arab foreign ministers backing the election of Army Commander Gen. Michel Suleiman for the president of the country.

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In a statement released Sunday, Berri praised “Arab unanimity on (safeguarding) Lebanon’s supreme interest,” adding that “We hope it would be carried out in reality.”

“I tell the Lebanese people that we can proceed from the Arab statement to Lebanese implementation that stresses on our unity and guarantees our safety,” he said.

After a consultative meeting on Saturday evening, Arab foreign ministers approved an Arab plan to end the political crisis in Lebanon.

The three-point plan aimed at immediately electing General Michel Suleiman as Lebanese president and proceeding to forming a government of national unity and drafting a new electoral law.

Lebanese presidential seat has been vacant since former President Emile Lahoud ended his term on Nov. 24, and the sharply divided Lebanese parliament has delayed the elections for eleven times without a consensus.

Lebanese ruling coalition and the opposition have been separated by a wide chasm since six of the latter’s ministers resigned from Premier Fouad Seniora’s government in November 2006.