Govt. Formation Talks Still Revolving around Three Obstacles
An agreement on the formation of the new government has not yet been reached but the negotiations are still ongoing, a media report said on Wednesday.
According to al-Joumhouria newspaper, the discussions are still revolving around three obstacles, the first of which is the economy portfolio, which PM-designate Najib Miqati wants it to be part of the "Sunni share."
"The second obstacle is related to the naming of the two Christian ministers, especially that Miqati proposed new names in the latest line-up that was carried by Maj. Gen. (Abbas) Ibrahim to the Baabda Palace on Monday," the daily said.
It identified the two candidates as Beirut Municipality member Antoine Siryani and Suleiman Obeid, the son of late minister Jean Obeid, noting that the latter was rejected by Aoun.
"Ibrahim had asked the President to give a last stance on the new line-up to inform Miqati of it, but Aoun asked for more time to study it," al-Joumhouria said.
The third obstacle, which is being discussed with Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil, is the issue of the FPM bloc granting its vote of confidence to the new government, which Miqati is demanding in return for giving the President the number of ministers that he is asking for, the daily added.