Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday that the Ministry of Planning is the only “sovereign” ministry in the world because it is “pivotal,” while Lebanon tends to invent and name the so-called “services-related and sovereign portfolios.”
Speaking during his weekly meeting with MPs, Berri said: “We have invented sovereign ministries, services ministries and important ministries while the only ministry considered sovereign in other countries is the Ministry of Planning, because it is vital.”
Berri’s remarks come as political parties horsetrade over the distribution of government shares and quotas.
PM-designate Saad Hariri was designated on May 24 to lineup a Cabinet. His mission has since been delayed because of disagreements over the Druze and Christian representation.
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