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The unnamed political analyst of the Beirut daily AL ANWAR suggested on Sunday that the "governmental New Year is set to start on Wednesday," referring to the first cabinet session set to be held in 2010. The columnist said the government is expected to address a number of "lingering issues caused by the political hiatus of the past year or so." According to the columnist, the cabinet is now under pressure to address a number of issues that have been delayed during the past year due to the political situation. "The number of decisions the government has delayed in the past year is large, but there are a number of reasons for these delays, and one cannot lose hope just yet over the work of the incumbent cabinet," the columnist said. "Most ministers have retained their ministries in cabinet, such as Minister of Internal Affairs Ziad Baroud. Their retention of these posts will provide continuity and greater stability for the ministry itself." The columnist suggested that ministers who have retained their posts will be able to address some key issues within their respective ministries "as their familiarity with their posts has grown."

The anonymous columnist was also optimistic that the cabinet would "make good on its promise to deliver more" because "most ministers now have experience in working in the public sector." As for those ministers who have retained their posts, "They now know their ministries inside out, and so they should be expected to deliver more this time around." The columnist suggested that the 2009 cabinet could succeed in introducing reforms to the country because "they are a coherent group of able ministers, headed by a willing and ambitious prime minister," and called upon the Lebanese people to be patient. The columnist concluded saying, "The cabinet session on Wednesday should reassure the Lebanese people that their optimism is well-placed."
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Title Annotation:EDITORIAL REVIEW
Publication:The Daily Middle East Reporter (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Jan 4, 2010
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