LF Defends Demands to Get Sovereign Portfolios

The Lebanese Forces stressed that they are not putting “crippling demands” on the government formation when they request to be given important ministerial portfolios, As Safir daily reported on Wednesday.

“Claims to be given essential portfolios in the new government does mean that the Lebanese Forces are setting crippling conditions and demands,” LF sources told As Safir daily on Wednesday.

Th sources that spoke on condition of anonymity clarified the statements of the LF leader in that regard and said, Geagea wishes for the formation of a coherent government free from the burden of disputes between the opposition and the pro-government parties in order to secure the right conditions for a productive cabinet.

They added that “it is not logical for those who rejected the election of President Michel Aoun, to demand a stake in the government.”

Media reports said that the Lebanese Forces is seeking to grab the finance portfolio.

Aoun’s election as president and Saad Hariri’s appointment as premier-designate have raised hopes that Lebanon can begin tackling challenges including a stagnant economy, a moribund political class and the influx of more than a million Syrian refugees.

The process of forming a government could take months, with horsetrading likely to revolve around the distribution of key posts like the finance, defense and energy ministries.