Lebanon's Premier-Designate, Takieddin Al Solh, on Saturday completed his consultations aimed at forming a new government.
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Background: Lebanon's Premier-Designate, Takieddin Al Solh, on Saturday completed his consultations aimed at forming a new government. He was later due to brief President Suleiman Franjieh on the results.
The veteran 62-year-old politician, who was asked by the President last Thursday to form a government, told newsmen he had found a "positive spirit" in his contacts with parliamentarians. He said he hoped to be able to form a government which could satisfy public opinion.
Mr. Solh has been trying to form a cabinet to succeed that of Doctor Amin Al-Hafez, who resigned on 14 June following pressure from the Sunni sect, Lebanon's biggest Moslem group, which claimed it was not getting adequate representation in the government.
Dr. Hafez's Cabinet had earlier faced another crisis when Lebanese troops and Palestinian commandos clashed, leading Syria to close its border with Lebanon.
Takieddin Solh, a lawyer and former Interior Minister, is a member of the Moslem political group called the Beirut Awakening Movement. He's regarded as a moderate, acceptable to Sunni leaders. He's also one of the few Arab politicians who still wears the traditional tarboosh, or fez, which has fallen from favour with the rise in revolutionary regimes in the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: At Beirut's parliamentary headquarters, the task of forming a new government in Lebanon has gone a step further with the appointment of a Premier-designate and lengthy consultations to appoint a new Cabinet.
The former Public Health Minister Nazih Al Bizri and Jamil Al Kebbe, a former Posts and Telecommunications Minister, were among those summoned for discussions by the Premier-designate, Takieddin Al Solh. The veteran 62-year-old politician, who was asked by President Franjieh last Thursday to form a new government, told newsmen he had found a "positive spirit" in his contacts with Lebanon's parliamentarians. He hoped to inform President Franjieh of the results on Saturday.
The former government resigned earlier this month following pressure from the Sunni sect Lebanon's biggest Moslem group, which claimed it was not getting adequate representation in the government.