Amid the absence of a Lebanese president to run the state and citizens’ affairs and amid the intended obstruction of the government’s work, the need for national dialogue – launched by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri - has surfaced. The circumstances in 2006 were similar to our current reality. Emile Lahoud, the president at the time, was cut off from the people and governmental and parliamentary crises were as dangerous as today’s. The national dialogue initiative was thus proposed and it’s actually still an urgent need among the different prominent leaders as perhaps it will help them reach an agreement. No one should fear that someone will hijack Berri’s role as he was the first to propose this initiative and he has the right to propose it again, and he knows well how to manage the game.
The need to expand the circle of dialogue so it includes everyone – even categories and groups which the previous national dialogue sessions did not include - has surfacedNayla Tueni