Reports: Aoun Won't Have Blocking One-Third until Elections
A settlement was reached between President Michel Aoun and PM-designate Najib Miqati over the thorny issue of the so-called “blocking one-third” share in the new government, media reports said on Saturday.
The reports said the alleged settlement reassures Aoun over his concerns on Christian representation should the government assume presidential powers when his tenure ends.
It also guarantees for Miqati “the absence of the blocking one-third until the end of parliament’s term,” the reports added.
Under the reported settlement, two Christian ministers -- Georges Kallas and Najla Riachi -- “would not be part of the President’s share until the date of the parliamentary elections.”
The reports also said that the Free Patriotic Movement has agreed to grant its votes of confidence to the new government following this settlement.