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Lebanon : The Oil & Gas Week, July 08, 2013 | Middle East Strategic Perspectives

Lebanon : The Oil & Gas Week, July 08, 2013 | Middle East Strategic Perspectives
Intéressante analyse des enjeux de l’appel d’offres pour le forage du gaz au large du Liban

Beyond Israeli threats, the main message of the conference was the more familiar argument of proceeding with offshore oil and gas exploration without delays and respecting Lebanon’s commitments and deadlines, made particularly hard after the resignation of the Mikati cabinet in March 2013, before the adoption of two important decrees related to the definition of offshore blocks and their coordinates and the adoption of a model exploration and production contract. A caretaker cabinet cannot, in principle, adopt decrees, the Constitution restricting the exercise of its powers to the management of day-to-day affairs. But in certain circumstances, a caretaker cabinet may be authorized to adopt new decrees. Bassil, and the FPM, have been lobbying – unsuccessfully so far – the President, Parliament Speaker and caretaker PM to authorize a cabinet meeting in order to approve the two decrees. The reference to Israeli threats, a unifying factor in Lebanon, may convince them of the need to hold a cabinet meeting and adopt the decrees. It remains to be seen if this latest attempt to push for a cabinet meeting will be more successful. Bassil seems to have caught the attention of caretaker Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, a member of Speaker Nabih Berri’s Amal Movement, who asserted that appropriate measures will be taken to counter Israeli threats.


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