AL chief due in Beirut to promote Arab plan

By Xinhua

Beirut : Arab League (AL) Secretary General Amr Moussa will arrive in Beirut Wednesday to try to push Lebanon’s rival political leaders to accept the Arab foreign ministers’ plan aimed at ending the country’s constitutional crisis.

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Upon his arrival in Lebanon, Moussa will meet with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at Ain al-Tineh, local As Safir newspaper reported, adding that the AL chief would then head to the Grand Serail for a meeting with Prime Minister Fouad Seniora.

Moussa, armed with international support for the Arab foreign ministers’ initiative, will seek the approval of the feuding Lebanese parties for the three-point Arab plan which was endorsed in Cairo on Sunday.

The three-point plan aimed at immediately electing Lebanese Army Commander 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 11 times without a consensus.

The two camps have agreed in principle to elect Michel Suleimanto succeed Emile Lahoud, but are still divided on how to amend the constitution to allow for his election, as well as on the shape and policies of the future government.

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