Berri warns of new Lebanese Cabinet aims to exclude Hezbollah
Berri warns of new Lebanese Cabinet aims to exclude Hezbollah

Lebanese Parliament President "Nabih Berri" said that a new neutral government that would be announced next week and that aims to exclude Hezbollah would face a no-confidence vote.

He stressed that "If this government is formed, as they say, from neutral and non-partisan figures, the aim and the outcome of this action will be to exclude Hezbollah from the government and nothing else".

Berri warned that such a Cabinet would soon be toppled, adding  that "Such a government will fail and will not get a vote of confidence in Parliament”.

Political sources said Monday that President Michel Sleiman has agreed with Prime Minister-designate "Tammam Salam" to seek the formation of a 14-member neutral Cabinet before Jan. 25.

The move is likely to throw the country into further turmoil given that the Hezbollah-and March 8 coalition strongly opposes such a government, proposing instead a 9-9-6 Cabinet formula representing the political parties in the country.

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