President Michel Suleiman and Prime Minister Najib Miqati signed on Friday a decree appointing Judge Salim Jreissati as the successor of former Labor Minister Charbel Nahhas, the National News Agency reported.
Miqati and Suleiman signed the decree at the Baabda Palace, a day after Nahhas officially resigned.
Local newspapers speculated that Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun has limited his nominations to former director general at Baabda Palace Joseph Jreissati to replace Nahhas or Judge Salim Jreissati.
The Grand Serail’s sources told As Safir that the name of the successor will be chosen from a list of suggestions that Aoun had made.
Source close to Miqati told al-Joumhouria newspaper that “there is a constitutional course that we should follow to prevent any violations.”
The resignation of Nahhas paved way for officials to avert a three-week cabinet crisis that had threatened to force the collapse of the government.
Nahhas, who was loyal to Aoun, had created controversy over his refusal to sign a cabinet decision taken by the majority on the transportation and education allowances decree, which had put him at loggerheads with Miqati and Suleiman.
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