New Lebanese Government Looming on the Horizon
Several sources confirmed on Sunday that Lebanon is close this week to reaching a solution to the cabinet crisis.
Sources from al-Mustaqbal and Amal movements and the Free Patriotic Movement predicted that the deadlock could be solved this week.
Development and Liberation Parliamentary Bloc Member MP Anwar el-Khalil anticipated the formation of the new government this week, saying it would reflect the aspirations of citizens and anti-government protesters.
"There’s indication that the naming of a PM will be followed by the formation process. If this was true, then the Lebanese should expect the good news that they have been awaiting for,” he said.
“We hope that this government will meet the expectations of the people and protesters,” he added.
For his part, FPM deputy Ibrahim Kanaan said if intentions are true the cabinet would be formed this week.
“The PM-designate is required to swiftly form a government quickly,” the deputy told a local radio station. "President Michel Aoun is trying within his constitutional powers to secure the conditions for this rapid formation."
Amid those assertions, Hezbollah deputy Mohammed Raad said Sunday that the Lebanese crisis would only be solved after the formation of a “national unity government based on the Taef Accord.”
“If not the case, the country will remain ruled by a caretaker government. We will push ministers to continue their work and we will punish those who will not,” he said.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned on Oct. 29 amid nationwide protests accusing the political elite of corruption and mismanagement of the economy.