Report: Safadi to be Named for Premiership after Salam's Cabinet Collapses

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Caretaker Finance Minister Mohammed al-Safadi will reportedly be appointed to form a new cabinet after the expected resignation of Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam's government.

According to al-Liwaa newspaper published on Thursday, Safadi will be named by Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun, a move that will be supported by his March 8 allies.

However, the sources said that Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat will have reservations over the suggestion.

The newspaper said that the March 14 coalition is discussing the matter, without having a final stance.

Salam, a 67-year-old moderate, was appointed in April two weeks after the resignation of Premier Najib Miqati.

However, Salam has been facing a difficulty in forming his cabinet over Aoun's unswerving stance to retain the energy and telecommunications ministries and his rejection to adopt the concept of rotating ministerial portfolios.

The nomination of the PM-designate, which was expected to help ease a political crisis that has gripped Lebanon since the conflict in Syria erupted, reached a standstill after a 10-month negotiations with the rival parties over his cabinet's lineup.

Aoun slammed Salam's endeavors on Tuesday, accusing him of impeding the cabinet formation process by insisting on the rotation of ministerial portfolios.

Comments 34
Thumb liberty 06 February 2014, 08:08

pitiful creature

Thumb MaddyBaddy 06 February 2014, 11:20

don't understand why the richest Lebanese can retire now and go live in the Maldives for the rest of their lives in paradise... no they wanna get into politics- it's an ego thing. Don't forget Safadi had an airline in the 90s that went bust yet he still made millions- oh and let's not remind everyone of the "car accident" that killed his son- why don't they just give up and let someone new take over?

Missing marhaba 06 February 2014, 11:46

With all due respect, Safadi might be one of Lebanon's great crooks, but bringing up his son's death is one of the lowest things you can do.

There's a difference between public and private lives. I would discount Safadi based on his stint in the Finance Ministry and Public Works ministry. But to mention to bring into question his family is just stupid and irrelevant.

Thumb popeye 06 February 2014, 11:58

Ya marhaba) It seems your definition of "private" life depends on what day of the week it is. Only yesterday you wrote "Privacy is breaking into her house to find details on her personal life. There is no infringement on her personal life here"

Did @MaddyBaddy break into Safadi's house to find details on his personal life.... I guess not. It is public information. Hypcorite

Missing marhaba 06 February 2014, 13:05

Oh yeah. I forgot this point.

What MaddyBaddy mentioned about his son is borderline libel and slander. What he mentioned about the airline/wealth/ego are valid political points. Safadi should be held to account for his corruption.

Thumb MaddyBaddy 06 February 2014, 13:28

What car accident? It never happened- and to quote my bad-self "let's not remind everyone" so subject and case closed

Thumb general_puppet 06 February 2014, 08:13

wolfy… bad boy, very bad boy… we told you not to come back until you were housebroken.

Thumb ice-man 06 February 2014, 08:33


Missing --karim_m1--- 06 February 2014, 08:14

Exactly Wolf. Lebanon will become an international laughingstock if a genocidal, mass murderer (who has massacred THOUSANDS of Lebanese civilians) even ran for President.

Thumb lebanesenationalist 06 February 2014, 08:14

We're so advanced now, that we plan for two cabinets in advance. Wow, impressive..

Thumb cedars2 06 February 2014, 08:33

Um wasnt Safadi accused of corruption in the airport road flood? In civilized countries he would be facing charges not being appointed PM-designate. Only in Lebanon huh. I think its time for a revolution, there is no other way.

Thumb popeye 06 February 2014, 08:42

go take a hike and stop talking about civilization you iranian hypocrite.

Missing --karim_m1--- 06 February 2014, 09:07

Go back to your cave in the mountains of Peshawar Pakistan, terrorist.

Thumb popeye 06 February 2014, 10:43

sorry cedars, my comment was not directed at you.

Thumb cedars2 06 February 2014, 12:08

I know popeye walaw :)

Thumb habib 06 February 2014, 10:57

karim lash bet7ob iran

Missing marhaba 06 February 2014, 13:08

Agreed cedars2. Unfortunately, almost everyone in a position of power to be nominated for a leadership position is tainted by corruption. The non-corrupted (barely) are all those with no power.

As for a revolution, I don't mind waiting till it calms down in Syria. It's very easy to hijack a legitimate revolution, and get it involved in the Syrian civil war, especially by all those who currently hold on to power (HA and Mustaqbal included).

Thumb lebanon_first 06 February 2014, 08:44

I prefer they name Hariri

Default-user-icon logic (Guest) 06 February 2014, 10:02

as well as christians other than jubran bassil and aoun and shia other than nasrallah and berri?

Missing marhaba 06 February 2014, 13:10

From a person who opposes almost everything the mustaqbal stands for, Sanioura was a much better PM than Hariri. If they're going to name a non-nobody (like Mikati, Salam, Safadi), the country is better off with Sanioura than Hariri.

Thumb ice-man 06 February 2014, 14:48

marhaba @Jaafar:) Allah Yihmeek Ya Rabb for these wonderful ideas. Role model indeed.

Thumb lebanon_first 06 February 2014, 15:09

In a normal situation I would have agreed to siniora or a new figure.
However today the best symbol of national reconciliation would be hariri premier. And in the face of takfiri threats we need him to bring the on the fence Sunnites towards moderation

Thumb popeye 06 February 2014, 15:33

FPM corruption detailedوزير-الاتصالات-يعمد-منفردا-إلى-خصخصة-قطاقطاع-الخليوي-عبر-الترخيص-ل-8-شركات-تقديم

Default-user-icon Flosty Shlimshlam (Guest) 06 February 2014, 09:00

For God's sake let cheikh Saad al-Haribi Telteyn al-Marajil land at Damascus airport. We really miss him here in Lebanon, and miss his natural comic shows. Please! After all, Sami, Nadim and Nayla miss the fourth partner at the Kindergarten playground of the Lebanese parliament.

Default-user-icon Hanoun (Guest) 06 February 2014, 10:11

FT ur right moudawara in the 1 2 3 top positions in Lebanon
the only way where everyone will be equal
plus a proportional election system
god bless lebanon

Missing marhaba 06 February 2014, 13:12

Agreed FT.

The best time to have done this was 2005, but petty political miscalculations deprived us all of this chance.

Thumb FlameCatcher 06 February 2014, 14:36

No problem. But this would also involve the banning of all Lebanese parties and politicians involved in Lebanon's war(s). They should also ALL be put on trial without exception for high treason, war crimes, crimes against humanity, corruption, manipulation, trafficking, money laundering ...

Let's remove the trash and start clean!

Are you ready to let go of your leaders ?

Thumb cedars2 06 February 2014, 14:59

Mudawara sure why not? Any of the three (President, PM and Speaker of the house) can block anything as we have seen so what difference does it make. But not this old archaic mafia that we have running the country. We are the "not so silent" majority!! We want justice, we want infastructure, we want peace and we want madmen to stop releasing statements that paralyze the country!! We need 3 million people in martyrs square ASAP and after we have that number there is no turning back anymore, down with everything the old corrupt archaic decaying oxygen blocking system stands for. We then ask for fair and free elections controlled by the most democratic foundation that can be found and we start anew. Politicians who have committed crimes even during the war face trial. Religion is not mentioned in the new order, religion is something you practice in a mosque or church not in parliament.

Missing watan-libnan 06 February 2014, 15:45

This is the first time you have contributed in a constructive manner F.T i'm impressed and agree with you 100% i hope it's you and not somebody hijacking your account :)

Thumb FlameCatcher 06 February 2014, 12:13

Great ... this is the best Aoun can suggest for PM ? Might as well nominate himself... it would be better!

Missing peace 06 February 2014, 13:00

wahahaha! safadi? PM? what a joke... poor lebanon....

Missing watan-libnan 06 February 2014, 15:49

I'm sure every lebanese citizen would not care if the government ruled equally for all lebanese no matter what their religion or belief is we should separate church and state and all politicians to be given ministerial positions are given based on competence does anyone agree?

Thumb eli-g 06 February 2014, 17:29

and the best quote goes to::::::: Lebanesenationalist "We're so advanced now, that we plan for two cabinets in advance. Wow, impressive." that is funny.

Default-user-icon Kerry (Guest) 12 February 2014, 07:25

You made some really good points there. I checked on
the internet for additional information about the issue and found most people will go along with
your views on this site.