Doha Agreement Lebanon

After fighting broke out in Lebanon due to the ongoing political crisis, Qatar`s Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani (Qatar`s ruling emir from 1995 to 2013) invited all Lebanese political parties to visit his capital Doha in order to reach an agreement, end the ongoing political crisis and avoid a possible civil war. The Doha agreement provides for a government of 16 ministerial seats for the government majority, 11 for the opposition and 3 for the appointment of the new president. This will allow the opposition to veto cabinet decisions, a demand the ruling coalition has so far refused. The deal paves the way for parliament to elect army chief General Michel Suleiman as president, which will be done on Sunday, according to officials. Beirut (AsiaNews) – Like St. Thomas, the Lebanese want to see before they believe. His tormented history with many surprises taught him not to declare victory too soon. The agreement signed by the majority and the opposition at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha after a sleepless night remains for the moment a vague plan to be turned into facts. At the same time, many in Beirut receive a love at first sight because the agreement was reached on the eve of St. Rita, patroness of the “Lost Causes”, very popular with Lebanese Christians. Under the agreement, opposition barricades were dismantled, as were opposition protest camps in Martyrs` Square. [8] In Washington, the Bush administration presented the agreement as a good step. C.

David Welch, assistant secretary of state for Middle East affairs, said Syria`s deal could make it impossible to return to Lebanon. He claimed that the fighting had damaged Hezbollah`s and Syria`s image as a partisan so much that Sunni and Lebanese Christians would no longer welcome Syria. Second, form a government of national unity composed of 30 ministers divided between the majority (16 ministers), the opposition (11 ministers) and the president (3 ministers), and under this agreement, all parties undertake not to resign or to obstruct the actions of the government. “We have avoided a civil war,” said Walid Jumblat, a leader of the ruling coalition.

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