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Salam to work for consensus
between rival parties

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam (left) with President Michel Suleiman at the presidential palace in Baabda last year. (AFP PHOTO / Anwar Amro)

BEIRUT - Prime Minister Tammam Salam said that he will try to create consensus between the March 8 and the March 14 coalitions.

 

“I will try to resolve disagreements and reach consensus on all issues,” Salam told As-Safir newspaper.

 

Salam also said that all his efforts would focus on “relieving people’s  daily worries and solving all the problems in the country.”

 

“We will do what relieves people and what people want. This period is for working, not for talking too much,” he added.

 

A new unity cabinet of 24 ministers was formed on Saturday following eleven months of bickering between rival political parties.

 

All Lebanese parties agreed to participate in the cabinet, except for the Lebanese Forces, which maintained its refusal to sit at the same table with Hezbollah, due to the latter’s engagement in the Syrian war alongside the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Tammam Salam (left) with President Michel Suleiman at the presidential palace in Baabda last year. (AFP PHOTO / Anwar Amro)

We will do what relieves people and what people want. This period is for working, not for talking too much.