November 7, 2009

THERE IS NO LEBANON:

Rival Lebanon factions agree on unity government (BASSEM MROUE, 11/07/09, Associated Press)

Hariri's Cabinet lineup appears to have given the opposition the seats they have been demanding for months, including the Telecommunications Ministry.

A Hezbollah statement issued Saturday said the opposition leaders agreed during the meeting "to go ahead with the formation of a national unity government according to what was agreed upon during negotiations."

It added that they "hope that this step will be for the good of Lebanon and its people."

During the months-long negotiations, one of the most contentious points was the demand by Hezbollah and its allies that Jibran Bassil stay on as telecommunications minister, a sensitive post for security reasons.

Hariri refused to give the position to the opposition.

Hariri ultimately relented, but only if the minister was not Bassil, but rather another member of his party. Bassil will become Minister of Power and Hydraulic Resources in the future Cabinet, according to the daily Al-Akhbar that is close to Hezbollah.


Why not all the seats in South Lebanon and none in North Lebanon?

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 7, 2009 7:55 AM
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