Arslan to be Most Probably Replaced with Kheireddine as State Minister

Lebanese Democratic Party leader Talal Arslan rejects to return to Premier Najib Miqati’s cabinet and is considering the nomination of his relative Marwan Kheireddine to replace him as state minister, sources close to the MP said.

An Nahar daily reported Thursday that Druze leader Walid Jumblat and Miqati discussed the issue during a meeting they held the day before. Efforts are underway to convince him not to give up his post and that he apologizes from Miqati over his remarks.

Arslan resigned hours after Miqati’s cabinet was announced on Monday. He accused the prime minister of discriminating against the Druze community. But Arslan hasn’t submitted his resignation in writing yet.

Al-Liwaa newspaper confirmed that efforts are underway to convince Arslan into returning to the cabinet. But if these efforts failed, he would be replaced by Kheireddine, who is his brother-in-law.

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