Report: Suleiman to Back Any Govt. Line-up that Enjoys Support of Parliamentary Majority

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President Michel Suleiman is leaning towards advocating the formation of a 24-member government that distributes portfolios equally between the March 8, March 14, and centrist camps, reported the daily An Nahar on Friday.

His visitors quoted him as saying that he will endorse any cabinet line-up that enjoys the support of the majority of lawmakers.

“The lack of this support will only complicate the political situation in Lebanon, especially at the beginning of the summer season that the president is hoping would be promising,” they added.

“A government dispute will only negatively affect the situation in the country,” they noted.

Efforts will now focus on garnering the support of the majority of lawmakers over the 24-minister government, they revealed.

Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam is seeking the formation of a cabinet of national interests that can supervise the parliamentary elections that are scheduled for June 16.

The March 8 camp has been demanding the formation of a political cabinet, while the March 14 alliance is seeking one whose ministers will not run in the elections.

Salam's latest efforts to form the government were met with the March 8 camp's insistence to obtain veto power, which he rejected by explaining such a cabinet will be unproductive.

Comments 4
Default-user-icon chris (Guest) 17 May 2013, 12:52

The Centrist camps...sorry who? Christ said there was no are either hot or cold, white or black. Centrists in Lebanon are M14 their head is Jumblatt, Hariri & Fouad, AND at their head is Bandar of Saudi Arabia and the CIA/NSA in the US.

Missing samiam 17 May 2013, 22:32

IOW, you are saying that if they don't pledge to M8, they are automatically M14. So anyone who says they don't support the HA/Syria/Tehran trinity is relegated to M14.

Well, you've sort of painted yourself into a corner--obv, you don't like independent people.

Thumb chrisrushlau 17 May 2013, 12:57

I support democracy as much as the next warlord toady, but this talk of "parliamentary majority" is uncomfortably close to majoritarian thinking, whereby the Shia majority of Lebanon would be asked about its preferences for its oppression. Such destabilizing and equality-impairing phenomena would be co-existential threats to the Lebanese warlord state.

Thumb Marc 17 May 2013, 18:56

Majority is 50% +1 end of story