BEIRUT: Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said in remarks published Friday that he is against the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance’s plan for a 9-9-6 Cabinet lineup.
“The [9-9-6] formula could not result, in the case that we accepted it, in a smooth distribution of ministerial portfolios, and it will fall into the trap of the ministerial statement, especially when it comes to the army, people and resistance formula that March 14 rejects,” Geagea told Al-Joumhouria daily.
Hezbollah has been pressing for grating equal veto powers to the rival March 8 and March 14 camps in the next Cabinet.
Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora told The Daily Star Thursday that the March 14 camp rejects such a formula and reiterated the call for a neutral Cabinet that would run the country’s affairs.
Geagea said that if the 9-9-6 formula is adopted, “the president and the prime-minister will not be able to make any decision that is not accepted by [March 8 and March 14] for fear that the Cabinet would collapse.”
“This formula provides more than a blocking third, especially that both sides would possess it,” he said.
Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam has been trying to form a Cabinet since he was tasked with the mission on April 6 but his efforts were obstructed by conditions and counter-conditions set by the rival political groups.
He has proposed a 24-member Cabinet lineup equally divided between the rival factions and centrists.
The centrists refer to the president, Salam and MP Walid Jumblatt.
However, the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance has rejected Salam’s 8-8-8 Cabinet formula which denies them veto power and calls for the rotation of key portfolios among parliamentary blocs.