Lebanon's prime minister designate proposes new line-up
Lebanon's prime minister designate on Friday proposed forming a mixed cabinet of MPs and unelected figures after he got backing from Shiite movement Hizbullah and its allies, and his own supporters rejected a government solely of techocrats.
Fuad Siniora, speaking after a meeting with President Emile Lahoud on Friday, said "such a cabinet, composed of deputies and non-deputies, has received the support of more than 100 deputies, or 78 percent of parliament." According to AFP, he said he was waiting for the president's response.
Siniora described the proposed lineup as a "homogeneous working team qualified to face the political, economic and security challenges facing the country".
He said his proposed line-up was the "best possible formula for a reformist cabinet."