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.

Comments 13
Thumb justin 30 August 2018, 11:46

A worthless convoluted report

Thumb chrisrushlau 30 August 2018, 16:12

This "sources" picks its words very carefully.

Missing rami 30 August 2018, 12:08

"No regional green light..." the title says it all. Puppets at work.

Thumb Southern......... 30 August 2018, 12:11

“regional green light"

the problem is not the Saudis, but the parties within who are submitted to them... Pity!

Thumb _citizen_ 30 August 2018, 14:21

'patriotic' to Bani Majus

Thumb fakenews 30 August 2018, 16:43

The problem is not the Saudis or the regional green light, it's Bassil/Aoun refusing to own up to their own commitments and Piere Raffoul enjoying his weekly pilgrimage to Damascus so much he wants everyone to join... Pity!

Thumb whyaskwhy 30 August 2018, 19:59

I think I know what you mean Batriotic, a similar to the party that submits to Israel and protects its border....Kizballah.

Thumb s.o.s 30 August 2018, 13:49

we now have expert in colors! I bet these very same sources don't even bother stopping at trafic lights.

"this means that the Cabinet line-up has received a 'yellow light' "
"No Regional 'Green Light'"

Thumb marcus 30 August 2018, 14:07

yes but it is blinking

Thumb s.o.s 30 August 2018, 14:34

lol :)

Thumb roflmfao 30 August 2018, 22:15

Now I see the problem it's a colors confusion

Thumb fakenews 30 August 2018, 16:35

Hariri should submit a draft cabinet line-up to Aoun every other day, just for the hell of it. Have everyone watch Aoun refusing to sign them day after day, week after week, month after month, for no reason other that they don't meet Bassil's inflexible unreasonable unconstitutional demands. Show who's really been delaying the formation of the new government.

Thumb whyaskwhy 30 August 2018, 20:00

This is the same situation the nation is faced with on almost every aspect of government formation. It took a few years to all agree on the quizling president so why not a few years to form an inept government that Damascus can manipulate?