Prime Minister Saad Hariri heads a Cabinet session in Beirut, May 21, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Houri emphasized that finding a resolution to the fallout of the Qabr Shmoun incident was the key to resuming Cabinet sessions, which have been stalled since the June 30 shootout in the Aley town that left two men dead and four others wounded.The incident has also heightened tensions between the two rival Druze parties -- the PSP led by former MP Walid Joumblatt, and the Lebanese Democratic Party headed by MP Talal Arslan. A political source familiar with the Qabr Shmoun incident said the widening rift between Joumblatt and Arslan over referring the case to the Judicial Council, the highest court tasked with handling very sensitive security cases, was posing a major stumbling block to reactivating the Cabinet.While the LDP and its allies, the Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah, have called for the incident to be referred to the Judicial Council, Parliament Speaker Berri, Hariri, the PSP and the Lebanese Forces are opposed to this, arguing that the case could be handled by the regular judiciary.Nonetheless, the Cabinet could still vote to refer it to the Judicial Council.Amid the escalating rhetoric between the PSP and the LDP, the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc called on Hariri to act to reactivate the Cabinet, warning that time was running out to find a resolution to the incident.
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