Khalil Says Lebanon Could Have a New Government Before Christmas

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Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil on Tuesday said a new government “is likely be formed before the Christmas vacation.”

Khalil said if the discussions -- aiming at ending more than seven months of deadlock because of wrangling between political parties over quotas and ministerial seats-- continue in the “positive direction” they “could lead to fruition,” media reports quoted the minister as saying.

Khalil affirmed that a positive outcome will have “positive effects on the financial and economic sectors,” in the country.

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s efforts to form a new government have been delayed since his designation in May because of disagreements between political parties over cabinet shares and quotas.

The government was on the verge of formation on October 29 after the Lebanese Forces accepted the portfolios that were assigned to it but a last-minute hurdle over the representation of pro-Hizbullah Sunni MPs surfaced.

Last week, President Michel Aoun kicked off consultations with the concerned parties in a bid to record a breakthrough.

Comments 3
Thumb beiruti 18 December 2018, 19:01

This can only mean one thing. They were all starting to lose money by not having formed a government. Now that the last dollar that can be stolen has been stolen by not having a government, time to form a new government.

Thumb beiruti 18 December 2018, 19:03

The Hezbollah did not want to have to pay the non-Mustaqbel Sunni deputies, so they wanted them to have their own place at the trough rather than a place in Hezbollah's pocket sharing Hezbollah's portion.

Thumb beiruti 18 December 2018, 19:04

Call me jaded and cynical about these guys who treat the people's government as if it were their own private bazaar.