No Regional 'Green Light' but Hariri to Present Line-Up 'within 24 Hours'

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri will present a draft Cabinet line-up to President Michel Aoun within 24 hours although the formation of the new government has not yet received the needed “regional green light,” media reports said.

“Hariri will submit a government line-up to the president in the next 24 hours, but this line-up won't necessarily be the solution, but rather a draft solution, seeing as the current period is for resolving the (domestic) obstacles pending a regional green light that would lead to the formation of the Cabinet,” informed sources told al-Joumhouria daily in remarks published Thursday.

“The regional atmosphere is not appropriate yet for an easy formation of a government in Lebanon. Look at Iraq and Iraq's government. Look at the Iranian-American-Saudi influence in Iraq and Syria, whose balances have not crystallized until the moment. This means that Lebanon is still in the waiting room,” the sources added.

Turning to the domestic obstacles, the sources noted that the so-called Druze obstacle seems to have been resolved.

Speaker Nabih Berri “will choose a 'consensus Druze minister' who would also be endorsed by Progressive Socialist Party chief ex-MP Walid Jumblat,” the sources said.

As for the representation of the Lebanese Forces, the sources noted that Hariri has a proposal in this regard.

“He likely raised it with (LF leader Samir) Geagea during their meeting last evening,” the sources said.

“If Geagea accepted it, this means that the Cabinet line-up has received a 'yellow light' while rejection means that there will be no solution anytime soon,” the sources went on to say.

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