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Lebanese President Michel Aoun signed a decree Tuesday evening to form a new government for the country headed by Hassan Diab. The new government includes twenty ministers who had not previously held political positions, but were affiliated with major political forces. The formation of the government came after Hezbollah and its allies reached an agreement on the names of the ministers after three months of the resignation of the Saad Hariri government following massive demonstrations against the political class.
The Lebanese presidency announced that the president Michel Aoun On Tuesday evening, he issued a decree to form a new government headed by him Hassan DiabAfter Hezbollah and its allies were able to reach an agreement on the cabinet, which will be entrusted with the task of tackling the worst economic crisis the country has experienced in decades, after nearly three months of Popular protest movement Overthrew the previous government headed by Saad Hariri.
The new government consists of twenty ministers who have not previously assumed political responsibilities, but who are largely affiliated with major political parties.
The new ministerial formation came as follows: Prime Minister Hassan Diab as Prime Minister (former minister). Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense: Zina Akar Adra. Interior Minister: Retired Brigadier General Mohamed Fahmy. Foreign Minister: Former Ambassador Nassif Hitti. Minister of Communications: Talal Hawat. Minister of Education: Tariq Majzoub. Minister of the Environment and Administrative Development: Demianus Train (ex-minister). Minister of Industry: Imad Love God. Finance Minister: Ghazi Wazni. Minister of Health: Hamad Hassan. Minister of Social Affairs and Tourism: Ramzi Mishrifieh. Minister of Information: Manal Abdel Samad. Minister of the Displaced: Ghada Shraim. Minister of Energy and Water: Raymond Ghajar. Minister of Justice: Marie-Claude Najm. Minister of Labor: Lamia Yammine Doueihy. The Minister of Works: Michel Najjar. Minister of Youth and Sports: Varti Ohanyan. Economy Minister: Raoul Naama. Minister of Agriculture and Culture: Abbas Mortada.
After announcing the government formation, its president, Hassan Diab, saluted the uprising in the country, and assured that his government will deal with the demands of the protesters, considering that the new ministers are a “rescue team.”
Diab told reporters after he signed the decree forming the government with the President of the Republic Michel Aoun, “I salute the uprising, the revolution that pushed towards this path, and Lebanon won.” .
Diab stressed that the government consists of “technocrats” and “non-partisan”, bearing in mind that media reports and political statements since the names participating in the government have leaked out, confirm that the ministers are largely affiliated with major political parties, especially the Free Patriotic Movement led by President Michel Aoun and the leadership of his son-in-law, Gibran Bassil, the Amal movement, headed by Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, and the Marada party, headed by Suleiman Franjieh.
The new government will hold its first meeting on Wednesday.
“The new faces are like a new patch on an old garment,” MP Paula Yaqoubian, who is sympathetic to the popular uprising, said in a tweet on Twitter, adding that Hassan Diab “had not kept his promise to form an independent government.”
Several parties refused to participate in the government, headed by the Future Movement headed by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the Lebanese Forces Party headed by Samir Geagea.
Lebanon is burdened with huge debts without a functioning government since Saad Hariri resigned from the post of prime minister in October, under pressure from protests against corruption and mismanagement, which have basically caused the country’s worst economic crisis.
/ AFP / Reuters