Former Lebanese PMs’ statement seen as blow to chances of government led by Khatib

Lebanon is facing its worst economic crisis since its 1975-90 civil war. (AFP)
Updated 04 December 2019

Former Lebanese PMs’ statement seen as blow to chances of government led by Khatib

  • Post of prime minister is reserved for a Sunni Muslim in Lebanon’s sectarian system of government
  • Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Tuesday he backed Khatib for the post but added that ‘some details’ still had to be hashed out

BEIRUT: Any candidate for the post of Lebanese prime minister who engages in talks over the make-up of the cabinet before being formally designated premier is violating the constitution, three former prime ministers said.
The statement on Wednesday from former prime ministers Fouad Siniora, Tamman Salam and Najib Mikati was seen as a blow to efforts underway to form a new government led by Sunni businessman Samir Khatib.
The post of prime minister is reserved for a Sunni Muslim in Lebanon’s sectarian system of government.
Statements from Lebanese politicians on Tuesday had appeared to signal progress toward agreeing a new government led by Khatib, though a deal had yet to be done. Lebanon is facing its worst economic crisis since its 1975-90 civil war.
Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Tuesday he backed Khatib for the post but added that “some details” still had to be hashed out. He said his party would only name technocrats as ministers.


Oman to end lockdown of Muscat governorate on May 29

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Oman to end lockdown of Muscat governorate on May 29

DUBAI: Oman will on Friday end a lockdown of its Muscat governorate — which includes the capital — that has been in place since April 10 as the sultanate eases its coronavirus containment measures, the state news agency reported on Wednesday.
It said a state committee had also ordered government entities to ensure at least 50% of employees are working from their offices from May 31.