was formed yesterday and includes the following 12 ministers :
Boutros Harb, Tarek Mitri, Mohammad Fneish , Jean Ogassapian, Wael Abu Faour, Ziad Baroud, Ali Hussein el Shami, Charbel Nahhas , Gebran Bassil , Rayya al-Haffar al-Hassan, Salim Al-Sayegh and Youssef Saadeh will convene tomorrow its first meeting at the Grand Serail
Saad Hariri who was officially welcomed into the Grand Serail for the first time as the prime minister on Wednesday will presided over the meeting of the 12-member ministerial committee later today
According to media reports , in order to speed up the coining of the ministerial statement , the same paragraph that dealt with Hezbollah arms in the last ministerial statement will be used again.
According to the constitution the cabinet has one month to announce its Ministerial statement.
According to PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat , the ministerial statement should center around three major topics: “Respect for international resolutions, the right for resistance until liberation of occupied land and the armistice agreement with Israel.”
Once the government is ready to announce its ministerial statement , a parliamentary session will be held for the vote of confidence, which is guaranteed in this case since all the parties are represented
Once Hariri secures the vote of confidence the next item on the agenda will be when to go to Syria and the big question right now in Lebanon is : Who will go first , Jumblatt or Hariri ?
Based on morning reports Jumblatt can’t wait to go to Syria . He told the pro-Syrian al-Akhbar newspaper that he has decided to go to Damascus , but will let Hariri go first.
"Maybe Hariri's visit would help prepare for my visit," Jumblatt said
Jumblatt also told the paper that he is still part of the parliamentary majority but "distinguishes" himself from the March 14 forces.
He stressed that the real problem in Lebanon is not between the March 8 and 14 forces. "The problem is among Muslims - Sunnis and Shiites
it is not between Muslims and Christians." He said
One thing that will certainly shock his supporters, Jumblatt told the paper : “Given Lebanon's geographic location, Syria's influence in Lebanon is permissible “
9:30 pm PM Saad Hariri stressed the need to “build the trust that is missing between the Lebanese and their state.” He added that Lebanon “will not remain a battlefield for regional conflicts,” highlighting his commitment to “Arabism,” and “the Lebanese state.”
According to Hariri, “The Lebanese deserve a civil and secure state to continue the messages of Arabism and culture.”
8:00 pm Times: A Russian-born immigrant who stabbed to death a pregnant Muslim woman as she gave evidence against him in court was today given Germany's highest possible sentence for murder - 15 years' jail with no chance of early parole.
7:59 pm Yemen's official news agency says the country has signed a military cooperation deal with the United States, as Yemen battles a growing Shi'ite rebellion in the north.
7:57pm Phalange Party said it will be part of the government and suggested a reform plan for March 14 and said it supports its representative, Minister of Social Affairs Selim Sayegh
7:55pm Phalange Party political bureau member Sejaan Kazzi: The government formation does not represents the Lebanese ambitions and the implementation of the true democratic system.
7:38pm an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of drugs at the airport was foiled and a Dutchman was arrested
7:19 pm A Syrian commits suicide in Western Bekaa with a hunting gun
7:16pm drugs and two handguns were found and confiscated inside a chalet in Kesrwan and a dealer and a girl were arrested
7:03 pm Deputy US Ambassador to the Security Council Alejandro Wolf said during a UN Security Council session that Francop ship, which Israel claims was transporting weapons from Iran to Lebanon, is a clear violation of Resolution 1701. He called on the Security Council to “take actions following such violations, especially concerning disarming Hezbollah.
6:53 pm Celebratory gunfire heard in Beirut marking the start of Hezbollah’s Martyrs Day ceremony
6:43 pm Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah delivers a speech on the occasion of “Martyrs Day” " We take positively the Syrian-Saudi summit, and we were the first to reap its fruits. We call for a Saudi-Iranian rapprochement to establish communication between the two countries " he said
5:58pm Hamid Kreydiyah was elected as Chairman of the Casino du Liban
5:55 pm Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir will send his envoy, director of Lebanon’s Catholic Media Center Father Abdo Abou Kasem, to attend the Martyr’s Day ceremony held by Hezbollah in Dahiyeh on Wednesday evening.
5:30pm Hundreds of Phalange Party supporters arrived in Saifi to protest the cabinet formation and ask their party to take a stern resolution.
5:13pm A meeting is underway at Saifi for the politburo of Phalange Party. The meeting is headed by Phalange leader, former president Amin Gemayel and the objective is to decide on whether the party should participate in the government or withdrawal from it
5:05pm FPM leader MP Michel Aoun after Change and Reform bloc meeting: The headlines of next stage are Paris 3, privatization, and production boosting. It is better if Phalange Party participates in the government.
4:27pm Minister Mitri clarified Lebanon's position with regards to the Saudi border clashes: President Suleiman has stressed the importance of respecting the Saudi sovereignty and the Saudi Arabia's right to spread its authority throughout its territories
4:10pm LF leader Samir Geagea met the March 14 lawyers that won the election of the north Lebanese syndicate
4:07pm The weekly meeting of the Change and Reform parliamentary bloc is underway in Rabiyeh in the presence of its ministers.
3:55 pm MP Oqab Saqr after meeting Bishop Aoudeh : The problem is solved and nothing should prevent Sayegh from participating in the ministerial committee that is charged with preparation of the ministerial statement
3;50 pm Yemen hit out on Wednesday at what it called Iranian "interference" in its affairs after Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki criticized regional intervention in Sanaa's war with Shiaa rebels in a barely veiled allusion to Saudi Arabia."In response to the remarks of Mottaki, we affirm that Yemen categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs by any party whatsoever"
3:20pm LBC: The murdered victim in Antelias shooting incident is the Lebanese Army First Sergeant Charbel Jarjoura. Security forces are pursuing the shooter who reportedly spoke with a non-Lebanese accent.
3:02pm LBC: Some positive reports are hinting that Phalange Party will participate in the coming meetings of the cabinet's Policy Statement Committee.
3:00pm The first meeting of the Committee charged with coining the ministerial Policy Statement has ended. It lasted for around 2 hours.
2:55 pm Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Wednesday that Iran is prepared to cooperate with the government of Yemen and other nations in order to restore security in the country
2:15pm VOL: One person was killed and another injured in Antelias after a gunman opened fire on them from a vehicle that was stolen the day before.
1:15pm Harb after meeting Gemayel: I came to discuss with Gemayel the issue of the cabinet. I stress on the necessity of having the Phalange in the cabinet.
1:05pm Judge Fadi Sawan demanded the death penalty for 4 people for collaborating with Israel.
12:15pm Phalange leader Amin Gemayel is meeting with Minister Boutros Harb at the Phalange headquarters in Saifi.
11:59 PM Saad Hariri arrived at the Grand Serail.
11:30 Justice Minister Ibrahim Najjar told LBC: Minister Boutros Harb is close to stances supported by the LF.
11:23 Three Lebanese Hawker Hunter warplanes will carry out drills over Beirut and its suburbs on Wednesday in preparation for the celebrations scheduled to take place on Independence Day on November 22.
11:17 Minister Akram Shehayeb told Free Lebanon: My objective is to close the file of the displaced following their return to their hometowns.
11:15 Preparations are underway for PM Saad Hariri’s first official entry to the Grand Serail.
10:00 US Congressional delegation headed by David Price met representatives of parliamentary blocs at Nejmeh Square to discuss the latest political developments in Lebanon. Neither Amal Movement nor Hezbollah representatives were present.
08:45 MP Oqab Sakr says Gemayel will not withdraw from March 14
8:22 Minister Mohammed Rahal told VOL: The atmosphere is positive and all sides have the intention to work for the nation.
8:20 Minister Mona Ofeish: I hope I would be able to turn the projects linked to women that I have worked on into laws.
02:00 am A massive power failure threw Brazil's two largest cities into darkness Tuesday night along with other parts of Latin America's largest nation, affecting millions of people.
12:00 pm John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind of the 2002 deadly sniper rampage that terrorized the US capital, awaited execution here Tuesday evening.
9:11 pm PSP's Rami Rayyes told ANB: The Phalange party has to understand that it is not the only one that has reservations about the cabinet lineup
6:20 pm The White House issued a statement on Tuesday saying that no lasting solution in the region can be reached at the expense of Lebanon, which it described as playing a “key role” in achieving comprehensive peace in the Middle East.