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Lebanon forms new government

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After three months of street riots and a crippling cash crunch, Lebanon has established a government.

Against all expectations, Sunni Prime Minister, Hassane Diab, succeeded in putting together a government in just over one month.

Neither the Future Movement Party (Saad Hariri, Sunni), nor the Lebanese Forces (of war criminal Samir Geagea, Maronite), or the Progressive Socialist Party (of Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, guilty of crimes against humanity) are part of the government. On 21 January, they staged demonstrations against the government even before its composition was unveiled.

A quarter of the ministers are women, which is in itself revolutionary. None of the ministers belonged to the outgoing government. Two are members of Hezbollah despite the threat of sanctions brandished by the United Kingdom. Two others are members of the Marada Movement, despite only having two representatives in parliament.

This government seems to be much more competent than the previous ones, but its success does not depend on that. It will have to interface with the political class, disunited on the surface, but united when it comes to safeguarding its privileges, and to do away with the confessional system crafted by France during the Second World War. In the immediate future, the new government must tackle the banking crisis in which several top officials of the parties backing it have played a role.

It is composed as follows:

Prime Minister’s team (Hassan Diab)

Prime Minister Hassan Diab Sunni
Interior and Municipalities Mohammad Fahmi Sunni
Education Tarek Majzoub Sunni
Environment and Administrative Development Damien Kattar Maronite

President’s team (General Michel Aoun)

Deputy Prime Minister and National Defense Zeina Acar Greek-Orthodox
Foreign Affairs and Immigration Nassif Hitti Maronite
Justice Marie-Claude Najm Maronite
Energy Raymond Ghajar Greek-Orthodox
Economy and Commerce Raoul Nehmé Greek-Catholic
Displaced persons Ghada Chreim Ata Greek-Catholic

Parliament Speaker’s team (Nabih Berri)

Health Hamad Ali Hassan Hezbollah, Shia
Industry Imad Houballah Hezbollah, Shia
Finance Ghazi Wazni Amal, Shia
Agriculture and Culture Abbas Mortada Amal, Shia

Marada Movement representatives (Sleiman Frangié)

Public Works Michel Najjar Greek-Orthodox
Labour Lamia Yammine Maronite

Democratic Party representatives (Prince Talal Arslane)

Social Affaires and Tourism Ramzi Moucharrafiyé Druze
Information Manale Abdel Samad Druze

Al Lekaa el Tashawiri Lebanon Party Representative

Telecommunications Talal Hawat Sunni

Tashnag Party representative

Youth and Sports Varty Ohanian Kevorkian Armenian-Orthodox
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