In Beirut, Prime Minister Dr. Amin Al-Hafez was forced to postpone indefinitely a vote of?
In Beirut, Prime Minister Dr. Amin Al-Hafez was forced to postpone indefinitely a vote of confidence in his government after a meeting called to debate a policy statement by him was boycotted by a third of Lebanon's 99 deputies.
The deputies who boycotted the meeting were Moslem Sunni deputies who were supported by the National Liberal Party of former President Camille Chamoun.
They included two Moslem Sunni ministers who the next day (Wednesday, June 12), offered their resignations to Dr. Hafez. The ministers are Dr. Behij Tabbarah, Minister of Economy and Trade; and Mr. Zacharia Neouli, Minister of Oil and Industry.
Dr. Hafez, who formed his government on April 25, has had to face two major crises. The first -- when clashes flared up between the Lebanese Army and Palestinian groups early in May -- led to his resignation but this was withdrawn two weeks later when an understanding was reached with the Palestinians.
The second -- which is still continuing -- involves pressure from the Moslem Sunni leaders who clam they're not being given effective participation in power. The resignations of the two ministers if accepted would leave Dr. Hafez as the only Sunni in the government instead of the four it should have.