Lebanon's house speaker says not to allow country to fall apart
BEIRUT, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese House Speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday that he will not allow any event to divide the Lebanese and destroy the country, the National News Agency reported.
"Everybody should be keen on preserving political, financial and security stability in the country," Berri was quoted as saying during his weekly meeting with members of parliament from Amal Movement.
Berri called upon all political parties to control their political behavior in a bid to save Lebanon from its current crisis.
Berri's remarks came amid the prevailing political paralysis in the country as the cabinet has not met since June 27, three days before a security incident taking place in Aley, killing two men escorting Minister of State for Refugee Affairs Saleh Gharib through the town of Qabr Shmoun.
Different political parties disagree about which judicial body should investigate the case which prompted Prime Minister Saad Hariri to refrain from calling for a meeting for the council of ministers to discuss several urgent economic and financial topics on the government's agenda.
Hariri believed that holding a government meeting before reaching a solution to the incident would further escalate tensions between different political parties.