Kanaan: ‘Clear progress’ in talks on government

MP Ibrahim Kanaan speaks during a press conference at the Parliament in Beirut, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: A leading MP from Lebanon’s Free Patriotic Movement said Monday that talks on forming a new government have made “clear progress” over the last few days.

“There is no doubt that the contacts in recent days have pushed matters forward,” MP Ibrahim Kanaan, secretary of the FPM’s Change and Reform bloc, told the Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5). “There is clear progress happening in the negotiations.”

“We’re still up to now facing a government of 24 ministers,” Kanaan said, adding that discussions between Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, Marada Movement MP Suleiman Franjieh and the other parliamentary blocs were resolving the remaining disagreements.

Kanaan said his bloc would meet Monday with Hezbollah and Lebanese Forces MPs to discuss a new electoral law, adding that the talks would present the “possibility of trading.”

He added that the FPM was “open to any law that provides parity and convergence among the blocs.”