Report: Hariri Meets Bassil
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri reportedly received caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Friday, who stressed “the need to include all political components to reflect their parliamentary representation,” al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.
Bassil said the “Lebanese Forces must be justly represented in the Cabinet,” reiterating his calls to allocate “Cabinet shares for the minority of the Syriac and Alawites.”
Hariri has been tasked with forming a Cabinet -- typically a drawn-out process involving horse-trading among Lebanon's competing political forces over ministerial portfolios.
The Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement are in disagreement over the share of the President in the Cabinet.
The Druze share has also raised conflict between the Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jubmlat and Lebanese Democratic Party head MP Talal Arslan.
Jumblat argues that the whole 3-seat Druze share in the Cabinet should be allocated to the PSP.