Talks are going on in Lebanon between President Suleiman Franjieh and Parliamentary leaders to form a new government following the resignation of Premier Amin-Al-Hafez's Cabinet.
SV PAN Mr. Kamel El Assad (Chairman of Parliament)
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SV Abdel Hatif Berdoun and Dr. Abdullah al-Yafi
SV Ex President Kamil Shammou arrives past guard of honour
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Background: Talks are going on in Lebanon between President Suleiman Franjieh and Parliamentary leaders to form a new government following the resignation of Premier Amin-Al-Hafez's Cabinet. Intensive talks among political parties and parliamentary groups preceded the formal talks with the President.
Dr. Hafez's resignation -- the second since he became Prime Minister -- followed pressure from leaders of the Sunni Community -- (the largest Moslem sect) -- that the government did not adequately represent them. The call for effective Moslem Sunni representation will be among the main items facing the new government.
Under constitutional traditions, the Lebanese head of state is a Maronite Christian and the Prime Minister is a Moslem Sunni. Sunni leaders would like to see a more powerful member of their community in the premiership.
The Hafoz government was formed on April 25th succeeding that of Mr. Saeb Salam which resigned in the wake of an Israeli Commando raid on Beirut during which three Palestinian commando leaders were assassinated.
Dr. Hafez first resigned during the crisis with the Palestinian commandos but he withdrew his resignation two weeks later when an understanding was reached with the Palestinian resistance movement. He again tendered his government's resignation to the President on June 14th and President Franjieh accepted it two days later, but asked Dr. Hafez and his ministers to continue running government affairs pending the installation of a new Cabinet.
Lebanon has a single-house Parliament: the Chamber of Deputies.