Machnouk takes a picture of Salam and his wife Lama with the company of Hariri and MP Ziad Kadri at his residence in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam and ministers of his new government were overwhelmed with well-wishers over the weekend who came together to celebrate the birth of the government, the fruit of monthslong deliberations.Standing with Salam was his son Saeb, named after his charismatic grandfather and Beiruti leader, late Prime Minister Saeb Salam.Mohammad Kanaan, a well-wisher, said that he was very happy that Salam had become the head of Lebanon's new Cabinet. Receiving visitors at Salam's house was Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk.Crowds greeted Salam outside his residence Saturday when he came from Baabda Palace.Visiting Salam were Transport and Public Works Minister Ghazi Zeaiter, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, Economy Minister Alain Hakim, Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas, Nader Hariri, the director of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's office, and Papal Ambassador to Lebanon Gabriele Caccia and others. Shortly after posing for the official government photo in Baabda Palace Saturday, Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi returned to his residence in Tripoli, where he was greeted by his wife, family members and supporters.
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