After the assassination attempt that targeted MP Boutros
Harb, PM Najib Mikati can no longer postpone resolving the pending issue with
the Change and Reform bloc ministers. Therefore, he made the initiative and
called President Michel Sleiman, then informed the ministers that the cabinet
will convene next Monday at 4:30 in the afternoon at Baabda Palace, where two
main items will be discussed: security developments and 2012 budget draft law.
In this context, sources close to PM Najib Mikati told LBCI
that when the latter called for a cabinet session, the issue pending with the
Change and Reform bloc ministers has not been yet resolved, especially with
Energy Minister Gebran Bassil.
The same sources stressed that Change and Reform ministers
will not boycott a session of such importance and during this critical
In turn, sources close to President Michel Sleiman stated
that the participation of Change and Reform ministers became obvious, since
they placed the solution of the issue in the hands of the President Sleiman.
As for the bloc’s ministers, they are open for contacts to
find a solution, without revealing their position as to Monday’s session.