Bassil 'Accepts' Proposal from Diab on Seat Distribution


Prime Minister-designate Hassan Diab has made a new initiative towards Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil through the mediator Shadi Masaad in order to speed up the formation of the new government, media reports said.

An-Nahar newspaper said Diab has proposed replacing the candidate for the deputy PM post Amal Haddad with Petra Khoury, in addition to naming Ayman Haddad as economy minister and merging the defense and energy portfolios and allotting them to Raimond Ghajar.

“This means the exclusion of the candidate for the defense portfolio Michel Menassa as well as Amal Haddad, and in this way Bassil would not get a sixth minister,” An-Nahar said.

According to information obtained by the daily, Bassil has accepted the proposal on the condition of the consent of the parties who had objections – the Marada Movement and the Syrian Social Nationalist Party.

“Intensive contacts are underway away from the media spotlight and any progress regarding this proposal might lead to breaking the deadlock over the government formation,” the newspaper said, citing sources.

Comments 5
Thumb janoubi 19 January 2020, 13:07

وئام وهاب يُفاجئ اللبنانيين: النفوذ السوري عاد عبر دعم حسان دياب!

قال رئيس حزب التوحيد الوزير السابق وئام وهاب في تصريح لمحطة ال
LBC ان النفوذ السوري عاد الى لبنان وان الرئيس بشار الأسد يدعم الرئيس المكلف حسان دياب لتشكيل حكومة متوازنة.وئام-وهاب-يُفاجئ-اللبنانيين-النفوذ-ال/

Missing un520 19 January 2020, 13:46

Merging the energy and defence portifolios? Im all for creativity, but there are limits...

Thumb ex-fpm 19 January 2020, 16:58

The only way to keep the energy ministry with Bassil/FPM.

Thumb s.o.s 19 January 2020, 14:10

History is full of Gebran Bassils. I came accross a guy who had a lot in common with him, ultimately he had millions executed and also measures just above 150cm. His name is Nikolai Yezhov.
Eventually, he got executed...

Thumb whyaskwhy 19 January 2020, 21:21

It refreshing to know that the new technocratic government will be made from the same ethnic clans that got us into the mess with in from the past. So history recycles itself however now we have a techncratic Kizb, Mustahbal,FPM,PSP, XYZ ministers.
Were the worlds joke, people who cannot govern themselves in a nation as tiny as a dot on the map. Keep saying rizqala 3al iyam when Lebanon was almost self sufficient... Never the bride always the bridegroom lol