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Lebanon Cabinet to meet following deadlock over violence

August 9, 2019
In this photo released by the Lebanese Government, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, center, meets with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, right, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, left, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug 9, 2019. Hariri has announced that the Cabinet will finally convene after violence between two political rivals that brought the government to a standstill for weeks has been resolved. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)
In this photo released by the Lebanese Government, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, center, meets with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, right, and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, left, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Aug 9, 2019. Hariri has announced that the Cabinet will finally convene after violence between two political rivals that brought the government to a standstill for weeks has been resolved. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Government via AP)

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister has announced that the Cabinet will finally convene after violence between two political rivals brought the government to a standstill for weeks.

Saad Hariri spoke Friday after a reconciliation meeting in the presidential palace between the rival politicians. Hariri said: “We hope from now on we have a new page.”

Lebanon is in the grip of an economic crisis, deepened by the political deadlock.

Hariri said a June 30 shooting in a mountain village that killed two people will be investigated by a military tribunal. Rival groups have been divided over how to proceed with the investigation. One faction, led by Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, said it was pressured by the militant group Hezbollah and its allies.

The Cabinet will convene Saturday.

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