Hope looms for solution to Lebanese presidential crisis

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al Hariri says there is great hope to solve presidential crisis in Lebanon

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri chats with Lebanese Christian politician and leader of the Marada movement Franjieh in Baabda.

The former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al Hariri said that there is “great hope” in reaching a solution for the Lebanese presidential crisis on Thursday and proposed a power-sharing deal by giving a post to a political rival.

The deal - if approved - would end the 16-month vacuum. The proposal was discussed by Lebanese politicians but it was not announced formally. The prime minister would be Saad Hariri while the president will be the Maronite Christian - the Marada Movement chief - Suleiman Franjieh.

When asked if the proposal was still valid, Hariri, the leader of Future Movement, said "There are discussions underway and the climate is positive, God willing, and the coming days will show Lebanon to be in very good shape."

Saad al Hariri is the son of a former Prime Minister Rafiq al Hariri, a billionaire who was assassinated in 2005.

On Wednesday, Lebanese Parliament failed to elect a successor to former President Michel Sleiman for the 32nd time. Sleiman’s term has ended amid a feud between the country's rival factions on a consensus candidate

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