Report: Hariri ‘Agrees’ to Review Names Close to Consultative Gathering

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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has reportedly “agreed” on reviewing a list of compromise ministerial candidates presented by the so-called Independent Sunni MPs in order to allocate a cabinet seat for one of them in the new government, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat reported on Friday.

Sources following up closely on the government consultations spoke of a “suggestion that MPs of the Consultative Gathering (Independent Sunni MPs) prepare and hand Hariri a list of three or six candidates close to them for the Premier to choose from,” said the daily.

They added that “President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri were close to that suggestions, but lawmakers of the Gathering rejected it.”

Said deputies, composed of six lawmakers, have earlier rejected to be represented from outside their “gathering.”

The sources added that Hariri has informed Aoun and Berri that he “will never sign” a government decree that includes “provocative” figures.

The last-minute Sunni hurdle emerged when the new government was on the verge of formation on October 29 after the Lebanese Forces accepted the portfolios that were assigned to it.

Hizbullah has insisted that the six Sunni MPs should be given a seat in the government, refraining from providing Hariri with the names of its three Shiite ministers in a bid to press him.

Hariri has rejected the demand, announcing that he’d rather step down than give the aforementioned lawmakers a seat from his own share in the government.

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Comments 7
Thumb galaxy 14 December 2018, 14:15

In the end, this weakling will do as hezbollah has demanded.....

Thumb lubnani.masi7i 14 December 2018, 19:47

I did not see you comment on your shias ambushing the army and killing a soldier?

Thumb libanaisresilient 15 December 2018, 00:32

@lubnani.masi7i unlike u, I have a life. No time to comment in each article

Thumb roflmfao 14 December 2018, 15:30

Dude.. Sayyed hassin insists.. one of the six.. or no government.. till the end of times.. Boy.. I hope it's not the end of times.. I just got tickets for a concert.. next Tuesday.... Does anyone know if St Peter gives refunds..

Thumb s.o.s 14 December 2018, 15:34

Hariri, stop lowering your pants before Syria and Iran’s agents. You had 33 MPs , now you’re 20. I can promise you that you’ll weep at the next elections when you end up with 10MPs !

Thumb whyaskwhy 14 December 2018, 18:29

Foreign aid is what's at stake here, there is over 1 billion dollars in aid that will need to be split up proportionally between all the government branches and thieves. So maybe we will actually get a government now. Yes it will still be a Syrian approved government which means the bulk of the money will go to the usual Syrian despot leaders in the country at the citizens cost. Its ok its only 1 billion that our grand kids will be asked to repay one day.

Thumb libanaisresilient 14 December 2018, 18:30

@whyaskwhy so true. I respect u man!