Keeping Fingers Crossed Hariri Hopes to Form Cabinet in Coming Days

Published October 28th, 2018 - 12:24 GMT
Lebanon’s PM Saad  Hariri after meeting with Berri (Twitter)
Lebanon’s PM Saad Hariri after meeting with Berri (Twitter)

Most of the obstacles hindering the formation of the government have been resolved, except for one "knot" which shall be tackled by Prime minister-designate Saad Hariri once he returns from Jordan before he presents the full formation of the government to Lebanese President Michel Aoun.

Meanwhile, reliable Lebanese sources revealed that ‘Hezbollah’ will have three ministers of its members, despite US pressures.

Hariri confirmed on Saturday that the cabinet will be formed in the coming days. His announcement followed meeting parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri at Ain al-Tineh.

He added that there remains a small obstacle in the way of forming a government but will be resolved once he is back from Jordan.

"Everyone has sacrificed for the sake of the country and with the aim to form a national unity government that includes all parties," Hariri continued.

 

He intensified consultations on Friday in which he met caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachy following meetings with caretaker Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, caretaker Public Works and Transportation Minister Youssef Fenianos and MP Wael Abou Faour.

Sources siad newspaper that there has been an exchange among the political forces in the ministries. They added that the small obstacle is represented in the demand to grant a portfolio to an independent Sunni from 8 March Alliance.

The Lebanese Forces showed an additional flexibility in which Riachy considered that the government is to be formed soon and that the positions and portfolios don’t entice the LF.

Despite U.S. objections over ‘Hezbollah’ being in charge of leading positions such as the ministry of health, sources said that 'Hezbollah' has named three ministers for the upcoming government from its cadres.

Hariri announced, at the beginning of the month, that he doesn’t mind Hezbollah having the ministry of health.

 

 


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