At the presidential Palace in Lebanon, President Suleiman Franjieh has been conferring with parliamentary leaders on the formation of a new government.
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SV PAN Takieddin Al-Solh enters palace
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Attention is drawn to Visnews Production Number 5841/73 -- LEBANON: DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN PRESIDENT AND PARLIAMENTARY LEADERS ON THE FORMATION OF A NEW GOVERNMENT serviced 18th June, 1973.
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Background: At the presidential Palace in Lebanon, President Suleiman Franjieh has been conferring with parliamentary leaders on the formation of a new government.
On Monday (18 June) the President received over two-thirds of Parliament's 99 members, on tuesday (19 June) he sounded out the views of the remainder.
The consultations follow the resignation of the Government of Dr. Amin Al-Hafez on Thursday (14 June). Dr. Hafez resigned following pressure from Moslem Sunni leaders, who claimed that the seven-week old government did not properly represent the Sunnis -- the largest Moslem community in Lebanon.
Informed sources in Lebanon were reported as saying that several parliamentary leaders had nominated Dr. Abdullah Al-Yafi a former Prime Minister, for the premiership. Mr. Takieddin Al-Solh, a former minister, was also being tipped as a possible successor. Neither men presently hold parliamentary seats. Three parliamentarians are also reported to have been nominated, they are former Prime Minister Mr. Seeb Salam, Mr. Raehid Al-Solh and Mr. Sulaiman Al-Ali.
One of the first looks of the new government will be to cope with the present situation with regard to Israel. Lebanese press reports warn that there could be a large-scale Israeli attack on Lebanon or Syria to the near future. The new government will therefore have to seek ways of restoring good relations with Syria so that their common border, closed since May 8th, could be re-opened.