Sunday, 13 January 2008

No compromise

The Arab League failed in its latest plan to end the impass over the next president. According to

The head of the Arab League has failed to secure a deal to end the political deadlock in Lebanon after a four-day visit to the country.

Amr Moussa has said he will make another attempt to end the impasse between the government and opposition but in the meantime the parliament once again postponed a vote to elect a new president.

The initiative from the Arab League is based on a three-point plan calling for the election of General Michel Suleiman, the current army chief, as president, a national unity government in which no one party has veto power and adopting a new electoral law.

Although the ruling coalition has given the Arab plan its full support, Hezbollah is insisting that the opposition have a third of the seats in a new 30-member government in order to have veto power.

Hassan Fadlallah, a Hezbollah MP said the US, which along with Saudi Arabia backs the government of Fouad Siniora, the prime minister, was raising "a veto each time we come near a deal."

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