New Lebanese Government Formed after 3 Months of Political Vacuum
Lebanon got a 20-minister government led by former minister Hassan Diab on Tuesday, after 33 days of arduous negotiations.
The Cabinet’s line-up was announced following a meeting between Diab, President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri at the Baabda Palace.
The Cabinet's secretary-general said the new government will hold its first session at 11:00 am Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, the Syrian Social Nationalist Party officially announced that it would not take part in the government.
The Marada Movement was meanwhile allotted two portfolios – public works and labor.
Below is the government’s line-up as announced by the secretary-general of the Council of Ministers:
Prime Minister: Hassan Diab (Sunni)
Deputy PM and Defense: Zeina Akar (Greek Orthodox, named by President/FPM)
Finance: Ghazi Wazni (Shiite, named by AMAL Movement)
Interior: Mohammed Fahmi (Sunni, named by Diab)
Foreign Affairs: Nassif Hitti (Maronite, named by President/FPM)
Telecom: Talal Hawat (Sunni, close to MP Faisal Karami)
Health: Hamad Hasan (Shiite, named by Hizbullah)
Energy: Raimond Ghajar (Greek Orthodox, named by President/FPM)
Public Works: Michel Najjar (Greek Orthodox, named by Marada Movement)
Information: Manal Abdul Samad (Druze)
Minister of the Displaced: Ghada Shreim
Justice: Marie-Claude Najem (Maronite, named by President/FPM)
Tourism and Social Affairs: Ramzi Msharrafiyeh (Druze)
Education: Tarek al-Majzoub (Sunni, named by Diab)
Industry: Imad Hoballah (Shiite, named by Hizbullah)
Labor: Lamia Yammine (Maronite, named by Marada)
Environment and Administrative Development: Demianos Qattar (Maronite, named by Diab)
Economy: Raoul Nehme (Named by President/FPM)
Youth and Sport: Vartene Ohanian (Armenian)
Agriculture and Culture: Abbas Murtada (Shiite, named by AMAL)