Hariri Appeals to French, Saudi Mediation for Cabinet Formation in Lebanon

Published August 7th, 2018 - 08:24 GMT
Saad Hariri (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Saad Hariri (Shutterstock/File Photo)

In light of lingering stalemates hampering the formation of Lebanon’s government, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has reportedly requested “French mediation efforts with Saudi Arabia” to facilitate the process, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

Prominent political sources told the daily that according to “accurate information, Hariri’s latest trip to France was to request the mediation of French President Emmanuel Macron, once again, with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to facilitate the formation of the government.”

However they noted that “not long ago, Macron has mediated with the Saudis for the same purpose at Hariri’s request, but it wasn’t met with a response.”

France has played a mediation role back in 2017 when Hariri announced in November he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, sparking rumors he was being detained against his will.

After French mediation, he rescinded his resignation the following month and was named premier for a third term this month after Lebanon's first parliamentary polls in nine years.



Hariri was tasked with forming a government on May 24, but he faces a number of obstacles in light of wrangling between political parties over Cabinet quotas.

Ongoing struggle between the Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement over Christian representation is one of the stalemates delaying the formation.

Druze leader and Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid Jumblat, insists on getting the whole 3-seat Druze Cabinet share, which is strongly denounced by Druze MP Talal Arslan who also demands a share in Cabinet.


This article has been adapted from its original source.

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