Details of New Government's Line-Up Emerge

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The new government will be techno-political and will consist of 24 ministers – six political figures as state ministers and 18 technocrats and representatives of the protest movement, media reports said on Tuesday evening, as the engineer and businessman Samir Khatib emerged as a consensus candidate for the PM-designate post.

“The ministers Ali Hassan Khalil, Mohammed Fneish and Salim Jreissati will certainly return as state ministers in the new government, while Speaker Nabih Berri is clinging to the finance portfolio, PM Saad Hariri is insisting on the interior portfolio and Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil is clinging to the energy portfolio,” al-Jadeed TV quoted sources as saying.

“Six seats will go to the popular protest movement while two seats will be allocated to the Druze community, and if (Progressive Socialist Party chief Walid) Jumblat refuses to participate, one of the seats will go to the Lebanese Democratic Party while the other will go to the protest movement,” the sources added.

As for the Christian share, seven seats will go to the Free Patriotic Movement and President Michel Aoun, a seat will go to the Tashnag Party, a seat to the Marada Movement and three will go to the protest movement, the sources said.

“No agreement has been reached on granting the government any extraordinary powers and it will work on devising a new electoral law,” the sources went on to say.

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Comments 6
Missing lebcan 04 December 2019, 00:04

Are you kidding me!!!!
These politicians are on the moon!!!

Missing formerlebaniz 04 December 2019, 00:55

It's so messed up it's starting to be funny. I'm so thankful I'm out of this sh1t h0le. Bassil still wants his cash cow the Energy ministry, Berri wants his cash cow, on the bright side they'll give the people the ministry of sports, immigration, and BS.

Missing ozmichel 04 December 2019, 05:10

How sad...
they’re playing the people as they’ve done all theses decades!

Missing samiam 04 December 2019, 06:07

So the technocrats are politicians who have degrees in other than law or whatever.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Thumb canadianleb 04 December 2019, 14:39

What needs to happen now, is the people need to go after the politicians directly. If there was a strong General he would take control declare Marshall law and arrest all of the politicians and spare no one or else a civil war will break out, all of them need to be arrested in one big scoop. I know wishful thinking on my part...

Thumb whyaskwhy 04 December 2019, 16:08

The army has always been for the protection of those in power and not for the support of the people. The General many are dreaming about will not oppose those that placed him and keep him in power, if your still hoping that the Army will simply take over then the reciprocation would simply be war from the warlords.