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Hariri Breaks Government Lineup Stalemate by Proposing Ministerial Shares

Hariri Breaks Government Lineup Stalemate by Proposing Ministerial Shares

Tuesday, 12 June, 2018 - 06:00
Hariri speaks to reports after visiting President Michel Aoun on Monday/NNA
Beirut - Youssef Diab
The visit of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to the Presidential Palace in Baabda on Monday to offer President Michel Aoun his perception of the ministerial share in the next cabinet broke the stalemate surrounding talks related to the government lineup.

No sign of efforts to facilitate the formation process had emerged in Beirut since Hariri kicked off late last month his consultations with blocs and MPs at the parliament in a bid to form the new government.
Political forces disagree on the shares and types of ministerial portfolios, further complicating Hariri’s mission to lineup a 30-member cabinet.

The Lebanese Forces demanded four ministerial portfolios while the Progressive Socialist Party headed by MP Timur Jumblatt is attached to having three Druze portfolios, rejecting that head of the Democratic Party MP Talal Erslan receives a Druze share in the next cabinet.

However, a solution to the current mess seemed looming on Monday after the PM-designate visited Aoun in Baabda. “Everyone wants the government to be formed as soon as possible,” Hariri said, adding they are against the concept of having a major political party outside the government.

Member of the Mustaqbal Movement politburo Rasheed Fayed told Asharq Al-Awsat, “there is a problem in the lineup operation, but no party wishes to create a crisis amid demands to protect the political stability.”

Although Fayed said that all elements show that the lineup process would not be rapid, he asserted that parties have no unlimited time to form the new cabinet, particularly in the presence of pledges offered by Lebanon to the international community to kick off economic and social reforms in the country.

Observers believe that the government lineup is mainly halted by obstacles related to the LF shares.

The party is attached to having four ministerial portfolios, including the deputy PM seat, while the Free Patriotic Movement insists on only offering them three shares, excluding the deputy PM seat, which would be named by the President.

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