Lebanon cabinet formation delayed over distribution of ministerial portfolios
The new Lebanese cabinet will likely not be formed before August 1st because of some issues regarding the distribution of ministerial portfolios, According to The Daily Star. A prominent governmental source told the newspaper, “although progress has been made concerning the cabinet’s formation, a number of problematic issues are yet to be discussed.”
According to Naharnet News, another obstacle in the way of the new cabinet’s announcement is the appointment of Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun’s son-in-law Jebran basil. A deal was recently finalized for the formation of the cabinet that will oversee a national unity government. It will be a 30-member cabinet with 15 majority ministers, 10 for the opposition, and 5 for Preside Michel Suleiman.
The government hopes to announce the new cabinet by Army day on August 1.