FPM Reportedly Refuses to Allow Hariri, Berri to Name Christian Ministers

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is inclined to demand a “Christian share” in cabinet during his expected meeting with President Michel Aoun although the Free Patriotic Movement is insisting that Christian representation must be confined to Christian parties, a media report has said.

Hariri is expected to visit the Baabda Palace in the coming hours to put Aoun in the picture of the consultations he has conducted.

“Hariri will not present a preliminary line-up to Aoun but will rather brief him on the obstacles that are hindering the formation process,” al-Akhbar newspaper said.

According to media reports, Hariri is insisting on getting a “significant Christian share” in the cabinet and he is expected to raise the issue with Aoun.

“Negotiations with Minister Jebran Bassil reached a dead end over this point, amid insistence by the FPM that Hariri and Speaker Nabih Berri should not be given Christian seats,” the reports said.