Following a private meeting with Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir in Bkirki just before the Christmas mass Lebanese president Michel Suleiman vowed to launch institution-building and hoped for political, security and economic stability.

Suleiman proudly recognized the 2009 accomplishments at all levels in the government – political, security, diplomatic and economic.

Earlier he told As-Safir newspaper “Who would have imagined … that we will emerge from our national crisis?”

“Who could have imagined all those get-togethers and reconciliation that took place after (parliamentary) elections? And who would have imagined that Prime Minister Saad Hariri will visit Damascus?

Suleiman said the time has come to move toward institution-building and reform.

He said reform will begin with administrative appointments.

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