Report: Parties Won’t be Given Veto Powers in New Governmentإقرأ هذا الخبر بالعربية
A government format expected to be finalized in the next few days could be formed without the so-called “blocking third” that grants parties veto powers, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat daily reported on Friday.
The daily said the new government will not give any political party the power to veto decisions, meaning parties allied to the same group won’t be granted more than 10 ministers in a 30-seat Cabinet.
The four so-called sovereign portfolios are to remain with ministers of the same political blocs, preserving the same distribution in Lebanon's current caretaker government, it added.
The finance ministry portfolio is to be allocated for the AMAL Movement of Speaker Nabih Berri, the interior ministry for al-Mustaqbal Movement of Premier Saad Hariri, the foreign ministry portfolio for the Free Patriotic Movement, while the defense ministry portfolio will be allocated as part of President Michel Aoun’s share.
However, a decision has not been reached yet on the justice ministry, which both the LF and FPM demand that it be allocated as part of their own share.