Former Minister of State for Combating Corruption Nicolas Tueni arrives to attend a Cabinet session in Beirut, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon gained three state ministries Thursday when its new government was formed, and lost three or four others, depending on how you look at it. All state ministries, with the exception of the State Ministry for Administrative Development, have been transient and have had no employees, state budget or prerogatives to work with, essentially consisting solely of the state minister.The Cabinet gained state ministries for foreign trade, information technology and the economic empowerment of women and youth.Former Minister of State for Women's Affairs Jean Ogasapian told The Daily Star that he expected this new state minister to take on the role he had in the previous government.Perhaps the most high-profile state ministry to disappear Thursday was the Office of the Minister of State for Combating Corruption, a post first created in Hariri's last government.Another state ministry that disappeared after its first iteration was that of planning affairs, initially created in Hariri's second government.
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