Lebanon forms government after nine months of bickering

Extended negotiations between the major political players finally came to halt with neither party securing veto power
by Georgi Azar

31 January 2019 | 22:38

Source: by Annahar

  • by Georgi Azar
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 31 January 2019 | 22:38

This undated photo shows Lebanon's Grand Serrial. (AFP Photo)

BEIRUT, LEBANON: After almost nine months of political bickering, the tug and pull over the allocation of ministries ended Thursday with officials reaching a consensus on a new Cabinet. 

Extended negotiations between the major political players finally concluded with neither party securing veto power, the equivalent of 11 ministries, in a 30-member government.

The Cabinet now faces the arduous task of lifting Lebanon out of its economic slump while implementing hard-hitting reforms to unlock part of the $11 billion international aid package to revamp its ailing infrastructure.  

Coupled with the threat of increased U.S sanctions to curtail Hezbollah's finances, Lebanon also faces a severe twin deficit draining its coffers and hurting investor confidence. 

Questions have also arisen over potential sanctions directed at Hezbollah controlled ministries, specifically the Health Ministry who relies heavily on international aid. 

The list of ministries divided along party lines is as follows:

Future Movement

Saad Hariri, Prime Minister

Mohamad Chouceir, Minister of Telecommunication

Violette Safadi, Minister of Women's affairs

Adel Afiouni, Minister of State for IT affairs

Raya Al-Hassan, Interior Minister

Jamal Jarrah, Minister of Information 

Hezbollah

Jamil Jabak, Minister of Health

Mohamed Fneis, Minister of Youth and Sports

Mahmoud Qamati, Minister of State

Pro-Hezbollah Sunni Bloc

Hassan Murad, Minister of State for Foreign Trade

Amal Movement

Ali Hassan Khalil, Minister of Finance

Hassan Al-Lakis, Minister of Agriculture

Mohammad Daoud, Minister of Culture

Free Patriotic Movement

Nada al-Boustani, Minister of Energy

Gebran Bassil, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Elias Bou Saab, Minister of Defense

Mansour Betish, Minister of Economy

Fadi Gressati, Minister of Environment

Salim Jreissati, Minister of State 

Albert Serhan, Minister of Justice

Saleh Aridi, Minister of State

Ghassan Attallah, Minister of the Displaced

Lebanese Forces

Kamil Abu Sulaiman, Minister of Labor

May Chidiac, Minister of Administrative Development

Ghassan Hasbani, Deputy Prime Minister

Richard Kyumjian, Minister of Social Affairs

Progressive Socialist Party

Akram Shayeb, Minister of Education

Wael Abou Faour, Minister of Industry

Marada Movement

Youssef Fenianos, Minister of Public Works

Tashnag

Avedis Guidanian, Minister of Tourism 


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