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Summary: Lebanon's politics, economy, future and expectations are all in standby mode, waiting for the birth of a Cabinet to be formed by premier-designate Saad Hariri, who has acquired overwhelming confidence from MPs who named him, in collaboration with President Michel Aoun.

Lebanon's politics, economy, future and expectations are all in standby mode, waiting for the birth of a Cabinet to be formed by premier-designate Saad Hariri, who has acquired overwhelming confidence from MPs who named him, in collaboration with President Michel Aoun.

The main parties and MPs have on record promised to facilitate Hariri's mission because the country requires a prompt solution.

It's also worth noting that Lebanon is racing against the clock as far as a new Cabinet is concerned because, as we all know, it must address several basic tasks, topped by agreement on a new electoral law to facilitate the general elections in a few months' time.

Such a state of affairs makes it imperative for politicians and political parties to consider the circumstances and work to remove every obstacle and discard every unreasonable demand if, as they proclaim, their intention is to help form a government as soon as possible.

Hariri was optimistic Thursday when he indicated that Cabinet's formation was imminent, and hopefully he will take advantage of the confidence and reconciliatory atmosphere in the country and take the plunge, form a government and present it to Aoun promptly.

Furthermore, politicians' reactions to such a move would portray whether they are in fact ready to put their money where their mouth is.

During normal times, a margin for prolonging deliberations over the formation might be understandable, but under the current prevailing challenges and people's anticipation, wasting time is a luxury the country cannot afford.

Hariri's diligence demonstrates that he realizes how pressing the situation is, and his promise to form a Cabinet soon comes as a breath of fresh air.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Geographic Code:7LEBA
Date:Nov 11, 2016
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