Sleiman: Municipal elections to be held on time

During a meeting Monday with an Editors Syndicate delegation, President Michel Sleiman said that the upcoming municipal elections would be held on time even if the municipal electoral law is not amended.

Speaker Nabih Berri’s proposal to form a committee to abolish political sectarianism requires national consensus, he added.

Sleiman also said he is satisfied with the performance of the government, but added that he is not pleased with the cabinet’s low-level productivity.

The cabinet needs to make efforts to manage the domestic situation and make reforms within institutions, the president said.

Sleiman praised the Lebanese army for its efforts in the search operations for the Ethiopian airliner that crashed in January.

According to Sleiman, leaders are still discussing whether Lebanon would participate in the Arab Summit scheduled for March in Libya. Speaker Nabih Berri said last week that he personally objects to Lebanon’s participation because Shia leader in Lebanon Imam Moussa Sadr disappeared in Libya over three decades ago.

Sleiman said that Lebanon’s participation in the Arab Summit is still being discussed. He added that “the cabinet will be taking the decision concerning the matter, despite the fact that the issue is not proposed yet [on the cabinet’s agenda].”


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