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:
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
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
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
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
Youssef Fenianos, Minister of Public Works
Avedis Guidanian, Minister of Tourism
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