Jumblatt pessimistic over early cabinet formation

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt is pessimistic over the formation of Lebanon’s  new cabinet after Easter holidays saying there is still disagreement on the interior ministry portfolio.

There were reports pointing to a cabinet by early next week

Jumblatt told An Nahar newspaper in remarks published Friday that “the cabinet formation process is still at a standstill and there’s still disagreement on who will be given the interior ministry portfolio.”

He told an Nahar that he asked Speaker Nabih Berri to solve the cabinet crisis so that government institutions can begin functioning again.

Jumblat also unveiled that he told former PM Fouad Siniora with whom he met recently that the Future movement should eventually meet with Shiite leaders.

An Nahar reported that Jumblat would visit Damascus on Monday to hold talks with Maj. Gen. Mohammed Nassif.

One analyst told Ya Libnan: “The Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance is acting like ‘Ali Baba and the forty thieves’ and wondered how can a coalition of this sort govern the country if it can’t even form a cabinet .”

Al-Hayat newspaper quoted some March 8 sources as saying in remarks published on Thursday that consultations between PM-designate Najib Mikati and Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun through the mediation of Hezbollah led to a ” partial agreement l.”

Aoun, who has been bickering with President Michel Suleiman over the interior ministry, has reportedly agreed to share 10 ministerial portfolios with his allies the Marada movement and the Tashnag party . One state ministerial portfolio is included in the share .

An agreement has reportedly also been reached over who shouldn’t get the interior ministry :

“Neither Caretaker Interior Minister Ziad Baroud , nor FPM”.

Baroud was hailed after the 2009 elections as one of the best ministers of Interior Lebanon has ever had . Even Aoun praised him.

Mikati was appointed in January as the PM designate with the backing of the Hezbollah March 8 alliance and MPs Walid Jumblatt and Mohammad Safadi . March 14 leaders have repeatedly said that intimidation from Hezbollah’s weapons helped secure the parliamentary majority for Mikati’s nomination.

Aoun’s demand that he should receive a blocking third of cabinet seats, including the Interior Ministry , currently part of President Michel Suleiman’s cabinet share has reportedly been the main reason behind the delay in cabinet formation.

  • libnan1

    Aoun rules.

    • Beiruti

      Please explain to me how Aoun rules, mabye im on drugs or something and i dont know any better. He is the biggest coward in Lebanese history.

      • Mazen_M

        Don’t even ask him (libnan1)….it’s a waste of time because he doesn’t even know the answer!! Aoun rules him and maybe he should answer for him because I don’t think he has a brain to think for himself…….

        • libnan1

          See above. I’ve never met Aoun. I was listening to a conference call with him couple of years ago and his vision of Lebanon made a lot of sense. The same think happened with other leaders from the Christian M14 and they did not convince me of their vision. I consider myself fairly high educated to tell the difference. So there buddy.

      • libnan1

        I can easily explain it. Go back to all the government that were formed between 06 and now and you’ll see that every single government had to get Aoun’s approval before it was ever formed.

        Aoun is the most most brave man in modern Lebanese history. He fought the Syrians when they occupied Lebanon. He became an ally when they withdrew. He aligned the Christians with the true Lebanese (the ones that fought the Israelis), most of you don’t like them.
        Brave men are the ones that can make war and can make peace. Happy Easter to all

        • Beiruti

          He faught the Syrians which was stupid for Gods sake we barely had an army in 1990, and you say hes a brave man if he is why did he let many of those soldiers die while he ran his butt to France. He faught the LF because he knew they were a big obstacle to him, he was so greedy to become President he killed Christians in the making. One last comment, if a Lebanese who sided with Israel isnt a “True” Lebanese, what makes of those like you who are currently allied with Iran? Ill let you figure out that one.

        • sam_shaker

          you mean he became an ally when they start shoving money up his throat. Ally my ass. look at his accounts in Paris just one time his daughter got 90 millions transferred to her account from Syria. Now what business does she have in Syria to create such large sum of money.. Your Aoun is nothing but a Hezbollah Clown. You’re as dumb and stupid as he is. I would rather have a Sunni than that coward of yours. tell your damn general where are the Lebanese who have died and rotten in Syria jails. tell him to go free them.. at least Nunu get his fighters to free Samir Quntar. what did Aoun do to free any of them? you jackasses follow him like dogs and you’re so blind you can’t nothing bad of what he’s doing. you’re the destructions of the Christians civilizations in Lebanon and we will all be happy when Israel pummels him and his master Nassrallah in his bunker..

    • Beiruti

      Please explain to me how Aoun rules, mabye im on drugs or something and i dont know any better. He is the biggest coward in Lebanese history.

      • Mazen_M

        Don’t even ask him (libnan1)….it’s a waste of time because he doesn’t even know the answer!! Aoun rules him and maybe he should answer for him because I don’t think he has a brain to think for himself…….

        • libnan1

          See above. I’ve never met Aoun. I was listening to a conference call with him couple of years ago and his vision of Lebanon made a lot of sense. The same think happened with other leaders from the Christian M14 and they did not convince me of their vision. I consider myself fairly high educated to tell the difference. So there buddy.

      • libnan1

        I can easily explain it. Go back to all the government that were formed between 06 and now and you’ll see that every single government had to get Aoun’s approval before it was ever formed.

        Aoun is the most most brave man in modern Lebanese history. He fought the Syrians when they occupied Lebanon. He became an ally when they withdrew. He aligned the Christians with the true Lebanese (the ones that fought the Israelis), most of you don’t like them.
        Brave men are the ones that can make war and can make peace. Happy Easter to all

  • Anonymous

    Aoun rules.

    • Anonymous

      Please explain to me how Aoun rules, mabye im on drugs or something and i dont know any better. He is the biggest coward in Lebanese history.

      • Anonymous

        Don’t even ask him (libnan1)….it’s a waste of time because he doesn’t even know the answer!! Aoun rules him and maybe he should answer for him because I don’t think he has a brain to think for himself…….

        • Anonymous

          See above. I’ve never met Aoun. I was listening to a conference call with him couple of years ago and his vision of Lebanon made a lot of sense. The same think happened with other leaders from the Christian M14 and they did not convince me of their vision. I consider myself fairly high educated to tell the difference. So there buddy.

      • Anonymous

        I can easily explain it. Go back to all the government that were formed between 06 and now and you’ll see that every single government had to get Aoun’s approval before it was ever formed.

        Aoun is the most most brave man in modern Lebanese history. He fought the Syrians when they occupied Lebanon. He became an ally when they withdrew. He aligned the Christians with the true Lebanese (the ones that fought the Israelis), most of you don’t like them.
        Brave men are the ones that can make war and can make peace. Happy Easter to all

        • Anonymous

          He faught the Syrians which was stupid for Gods sake we barely had an army in 1990, and you say hes a brave man if he is why did he let many of those soldiers die while he ran his butt to France. He faught the LF because he knew they were a big obstacle to him, he was so greedy to become President he killed Christians in the making. One last comment, if a Lebanese who sided with Israel isnt a “True” Lebanese, what makes of those like you who are currently allied with Iran? Ill let you figure out that one.

        • Anonymous

          you mean he became an ally when they start shoving money up his throat. Ally my ass. look at his accounts in Paris just one time his daughter got 90 millions transferred to her account from Syria. Now what business does she have in Syria to create such large sum of money.. Your Aoun is nothing but a Hezbollah Clown. You’re as dumb and stupid as he is. I would rather have a Sunni than that coward of yours. tell your damn general where are the Lebanese who have died and rotten in Syria jails. tell him to go free them.. at least Nunu get his fighters to free Samir Quntar. what did Aoun do to free any of them? you jackasses follow him like dogs and you’re so blind you can’t nothing bad of what he’s doing. you’re the destructions of the Christians civilizations in Lebanon and we will all be happy when Israel pummels him and his master Nassrallah in his bunker..

  • ohliban75

    Since you’re so much in love with aoun,and you think he rules like every other politician,and you have the right to do so ,why don’t you crawl up his ass and live there!

  • ohliban75

    Since you’re so much in love with aoun,and you think he rules like every other politician,and you have the right to do so ,why don’t you crawl up his ass and live there!

  • Anonymous

    Since you’re so much in love with aoun,and you think he rules like every other politician,and you have the right to do so ,why don’t you crawl up his ass and live there!

  • Anonymous

    Since you’re so much in love with aoun,and you think he rules like every other politician,and you have the right to do so ,why don’t you crawl up his ass and live there!

  • guss043

    Haram he got the disease from Aoun start to lose it slowly:)

  • guss043

    Haram he got the disease from Aoun start to lose it slowly:)

  • guss043

    Haram he got the disease from Aoun start to lose it slowly:)

  • antar2011

    aoun is a me7taal. simply put.

    he is actually the one figure who can claim himself as king of obstacles in lebanon’s stability and prosperity.

    his greed and thirst for power will be his downfall eventually.

    PS does anyone think the pic of jumblatt they got in this article is funny or is it just me?
    albert einstein eat your heart out!

  • Anonymous

    aoun is a me7taal. simply put.

    he is actually the one figure who can claim himself as king of obstacles in lebanon’s stability and prosperity.

    his greed and thirst for power will be his downfall eventually.

    PS does anyone think the pic of jumblatt they got in this article is funny or is it just me?
    albert einstein eat your heart out!