By: Ali Hashem for Al-Monitor Lebanon Pulse. Posted on April 5.
For the first time in years, Lebanese political rivals may have found common ground.
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A seeming consensus on Tammam Salam as Lebanon's next prime minister does not assure Lebanon that its many crises, including over the electoral law and the consequences of the war in Syria, will be any easier to address, writes Ali Hashem.Author: Ali HashemPosted on : April 5 2013
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Both the March 8 and the March 14 coalitions are behind MP Tammam Salam as their candidate for prime minister, following the resignation of Najib Mikati on March 23, 2013.
This common ground could shake at any time, due to the political and security earthquakes inside and around Lebanon.
Both Mikati and Salam helped to make this political miracle come true, though it was Druze MP Walid Jumblatt who started it all.
Jumblatt, who helped Hezbollah and March 8 two years ago topple then-prime minister Saad Hariri's cabinet and form a new coalition including himself and Mikati, played a pivotal role in ending Mikati's government.
Jumblatt's step did not only shuffle the cards in Lebanon; it appeared to put Saudi Arabia back in the game for the first time since Hariri's departure. The kingdom had been losing ground to other regional players. There is also.....