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Hassan Khalil: It is not time for polemic

Caretaker Minister of Finance, Ali Hassan Khalil, on Friday said that the political class did not live up to the aspirations of the Lebanese and their desire to see a government swiftly formed after legislative elections.

"Cabinet formation discussions have been slow for a number of reasons, but the current economic and financial reality has raised the scale of dangers and challenges in the absence of an executive power," the Minister said at a ceremony organized by the tobacco farmers' union in South Lebanon's Tyre.

He also called on concerned sides to shun polemics and opt for cabinet formation solutions instead. "The strongest and most influential are those capable of assuming their responsibilities in this respect," he added.

The minister also applauded the fresh efforts of the President of the Republic to resolve the government crisis. "We are aware that the government cannot make a radical change, but it will put things back on track," he added, voicing confidence that the government will be formed before the end of the year.

"Regional changes require that we do not lose the opportunity to safeguard our stability and kick start the work of the Council of Ministers," he concluded.

Source: National News Agency