10/12/2020

Fifty days after his appointment, Hariri presents Lebanese government formation to President Aoun

BEIRUT — On Wednesday, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri announced that he would present his cabinet formation to Lebanese President Michel Aoun nearly 50 days after his appointed.

Via Twitter, Hariri declared that he delivered a complete government formation consisting of 18 specialized ministers, selected without consideration of their party affiliation, to Aoun at Baabda Palace.

“There is great hope in forming a government to reconstruct Beirut and rebuild confidence in the Lebanese people through the implementation of reforms,” Hariri stated.

In response to journalists’ questions about the chances for the cabinet to be acceptable to the rest of the political establishment, Hariri replied, “God willing, the atmosphere is positive.”

On 22 October, Aoun assigned head of the Future Movement and former Prime Minister, Saad al-Hariri to form a new government after obtaining a majority of votes in parliament following the resignation of Prime Minister-elect Hassan Diab’s failure to form a government.