Mikati, Hezbollah worked out a deal over cabinet formation


MTV reported based on reliable information that : Hezbollah chief promised PM-designate Nagib Mikati during their most recent discussion to mediate with MP Michel Aoun. Nasrallah and Mikati also agreed on solving the obstacle of the Sunni opposition representation by endorsing any candidate named by former PM Omar Karami.

Cabinet formation is reportedly being hampered by the demands of Aoun and Hezbollah.

Aoun has reportedly been insisting on a 40 % share in the cabinet which should include the ministry of interior and defense and does not want president Suleiman to have any share. Hezbollah on the other hand was demanding that Faisal Karami , son of Omar Karami should represent the Sunnis in the cabinet .

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.

March 14 parties have announced that they will not take part in the cabinet Mikati is currently forming, and Hariri vowed to fight the use of non-state weapons “peacefully and democratically.”