Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the approval of the start of daylight saving time and the advance of the clock to sixty minutes on Wednesday night, after Christian parties refused to extend winter time.

Mikati said the new decision was taken after "quiet discussion".

Daylight saving time was scheduled to start last Sunday, March 26, but the Lebanese Prime Minister announced on Thursday the extension of winter time until April 21.

The decision coincided with the spread of a video recording of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, asking Mikati to delay the implementation of the World Daylight Time, taking into account those fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.

The decision provoked a wave of objection from Lebanese Christian parties and the Maronite Patriarchate, which rejected it in a statement and announced that it would follow daylight saving time, prompting the government to reverse this decision.

"In view of the new circumstances related to the attempt by some to drag the country into a sectarian division to fuel conflicts, and because we bear the constitutional responsibility with national conviction, we announce the cancellation of the cabinet session that was scheduled for Monday" to extend the winter time, Mikati said.