Cabinet Formation Hinging on ‘Concessions’ from Aoun, Hariri

Lebanese President Michel Aoun (L) meets with his newly appointed Prime Minister Saad Hariri at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, following his nomination on November 3, 2016. Hariri was nominated to form a cabinet by his one-time political adversary, President Michel Aoun, who took office this week after receiving the surprise support of his old foe. / AFP PHOTO / ANWAR AMRO

The cabinet formation process is still facing several obstacles, amid wrangling by several parties over specific portfolios, a media report said on Sunday.

“The Marada Movement is still insisting on one of three key portfolios — public works, energy or telecommunications,” An Nahar newspaper said, noting that such a scenario has become unlikely due to the other parties’ obstinacy.

Some forces are also complaining that the distribution of portfolios is “lacking equal standards regarding the size of each bloc and the issue of rotating portfolios,” An Nahar said.

“This leads to the impression that the cabinet formation process still needs further contacts and consultations,” it added.

According to informed political sources, “the cabinet will be formed, but concessions must be offered, not only by (Prime Minister-designate Saad) Hariri but also by the president.”