Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Form a new government in Lebanon after five months of political wrangling

The secretary general of the Lebanese presidency, Suhail Burji, announced today the formation of a new government led by Najib Mikati and composed of 30 ministers, after almost five months of political wrangling. Mikati, who was appointed prime minister on Jan. 25 after the fall of the executive headed by Saad Hariri, won the job thanks to support from a coalition led by the Shiite movement Hezbollah.

The announcement comes after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Baabda between Mikati, Lebanese President Michel Suleiman and the head of Parliament, Nabih Berri. In an appearance before reporters after the announcement, Mikati said that the new government "will be the cabinet throughout Lebanon and the Lebanese will work for all, without distinction and without any winners or losers." "The government will respect the values of justice, tolerance and love.

There is no substitute for coexistence.'ll Have the motto 'all for the motherland and for action'" he said. Mikati said the new government will work to maintain stability in the country and to maintain good relations with all countries, respecting the sovereignty of each one of them. The thirty ministers in the new cabinet members of the new parliamentary majority, but among them are new names and some technocrats.

Mikati attempts to form a cabinet were unsuccessful until now despite the government only consists of the groups that brought him to power. The coalition headed by prime minister, Saad Hariri, who lost the power to waive all the ministers representing the opposition and announced it would not participate in the new cabinet.

The Prime Minister has appointed Mohammed Safadi and Finance Minister, a post he had occupied. Moreover, Fayez Ghusn appointed as Minister of Defense, Interior and Marwan Charbel Nicolas Sehnawi in the Telecommunications portfolio.

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