Report: Salam to Form De Facto Cabinet without March 8 Alliance

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Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam is seeking to form a cabinet that doesn't include the March 8 alliance, media reports said on Friday.

According to al-Joumhouria newspaper, consultations with the March 8 coalition failed to reach any fruitful results as both sides are holding on to their stances.

The matter prompted Salam to deliver a message to the leadership of the March 8 camp that he will form his cabinet with or without their participation.

The daily said that Salam will announce the formation of his cabinet on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, Salam is pressed to form a de facto government within 48 hours, however, AMAL movement leader Speak Nabih Berri's comments concerning centrists and Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's condition over the formation of a national unity cabinet collapsed all the recent efforts.

Sources close to Salam told An Nahar newspaper said that the PM-designate aims at forming his cabinet from centrists to deprive the March 8 and 14 alliances from any chance to topple his government.

On Wednesday, Berri criticized those who began classifying themselves as centrists while they are “clearly affiliated in the March 14 alliance.”

He wondered how several senior officials take firm stances against a certain team then categorize themselves as centrists.

On Thursday, Nassrallah stressed in a speech that Hizbullah wants the new cabinet to be formed.

He demanded that the Hizbullah-led March 8 camp be represented in cabinet according to its “parliamentary weight.”

Salam is seeking to form what he called a “cabinet of national interest” that comprises no MP hopefuls.

Meanwhile, the March 14 alliance have been calling for a neutral cabinet, while the March 8 camp has demanded a “political government” and centrist Progressive Socialist Party chief MP Walid Jumblat has stressed that his bloc will not grant its vote of confidence to a “one-sided cabinet.”

Comments 13
Thumb lebnanfirst 10 May 2013, 08:33

Mr. prime Minister designate, go for it and know that most of us Lebanese are behind you. We are sick and tired of all the obstructionist tactics. You were nominated by a majority and that same majority should now trust your judgement.

May the wind be at your back as is most of Lebanon. نتمنى لكى كل الخير و النجاح

Missing helicopter 10 May 2013, 08:39

M8 had their De Facto Government and you deserve no less.......... go for it.
The constitution does not stipulate that each party gets represented in the Cabinet according to their parliamentary weights (where does it say that the Government should look like a prototype of the Parliament?). Let the black shirted guys roam the streets again for intimidation as they did couple of years ago, this will keep on reminding the Lebanese that the Resistance is resisting our constitution not external enemies.

Missing peace 10 May 2013, 14:31

said the sheep follower of the champ of boycotts!

Missing peace 10 May 2013, 15:49

i speak facts too poor FT which you always deny alzheimer baby boy... pityful you are....

Missing samiam 10 May 2013, 09:09

The M8 camp is doing what they do best--looking for ways to keep the government from working. The preconditions they put on are designed to keep a vacuum because they don't want a functioning strong central government so they can continue with their 'activities'. It's time someone called them out on that.

Missing patriot10 10 May 2013, 09:51

Can they please stop using the word sayyed for the iranian/ syrian dogg!
Call him enemy of lebanon instead.

Thumb jcamerican 10 May 2013, 10:10

Can you believe it? He uses fake accounts but he is not aware that he can give himself the thumbs up.

Missing ghzayel 10 May 2013, 10:24

go ahead make our day and dont let the black t shirt politicians stand in your way

Thumb jcamerican 10 May 2013, 11:21

What does my comment have to do with HA?

Missing icar 10 May 2013, 13:42

You should remind him that his father formed a cabinet formed of 4 ministers only!

Default-user-icon Marc Y (Guest) 10 May 2013, 22:01

I would like to ask Flamethrower to explain what is the "cause=3akeeda" of the political party he follows? I also ask him when was he born? What is his current nationality? moreover I challenge him to a debate. All I see from him here is defending M8 (they didn't do this they didn't do that they are not like this) but I would like to know from him if he has any idea about their cause? When founding any political party, one has to disclose its true cause. I can give him my email under one condition: not to use foul language and keep it civilized. FT do you take up the challenge

Missing peace 11 May 2013, 02:09

such naive little FT.... he falls for all the hypocrisy of the hezb and their fake kindness...
but the facts are here: they decide the fate of the country, of war and peace and are bringing it on lebanon with the support of little idiots like FT..... they spit on the baabda declaration like they spit on the lebanese gvt... even nasrallah says that he does not care about the lebanese state and FPM supports that while pretending to be patriots! LOL big farce they are and stupid FT the biggest one!
so pretend to be smart and lecture everyone but you cannot deny facts and that enrages you and makes you get stupider and more ridiculous each day....

Default-user-icon George MNK (Guest) 11 May 2013, 09:00

FT, do you have anything to do beside blogging here? Or do you do it while waiting at the American Embassy for your VISA like your comrades? Leave this website and go blog in al manar website where you will feel at home for sure. I am sure you keep popping medication to control your OCD! So why stay here?