Aoun meets with Lassen at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Friday, June 1, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said Friday he expected a new government to be formed after Eid al-Fitr, maintaining his optimism despite hurdles that might hinder the Cabinet formation process by rival factions' demands for key ministerial posts. Attempts to form a new government will pick up pace early next week following Hariri's return to Beirut from a visit to Saudi Arabia, a source close to the premier-designate said Friday.Commenting on rival parties' demands for key ministerial posts, Hariri was quoted as saying that Hezbollah would get three ministers in a 30-member Cabinet.Hariri also appeared to be optimistic that a solution would be found to the problem of Druze representation in the next government.Hariri, who has been prime minister since December 2016 and served his first term from 2009 to 2011, was designated for the third time with an overwhelming parliamentary majority on May 24 to form a new government.While Hariri was away, political rivals began traditional jockeying in a bid to grab a bigger share of Cabinet posts despite promises made by the leaders of major parliamentary blocs to help facilitate and accelerate the formation of a new unity government representing all the parties.
Hariri: Economy won’t be affected by S&P’s rating
Aoun denies U-turn on defense; Hariri vows ‘hard work’
Leaders stress need for prompt reforms as pressure mounts
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE