Hariri hold consultations with MPs to form new gov’t

BEIRUT, Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Al-Hariri on Monday began consultations with parliamentary blocs and independent MPs to discuss their demands and views on the next government.

Hariri had begun his consultations with the Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri and then with former prime ministers to meet later during the day with the parliamentary blocs and independent deputies.

Hariri will discuss with the blocs their demands on the size of the portfolios and the type of ministries they want to form a government, which is expected to include 30 ministers.

Last Thursday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun issued a decree appointing Hariri to form the new government after binding parliamentary consultations conducted by Aoun, in which he named 111 of the 128 MPs to form the next government.

Article 64 of the Constitution states that the prime minister “shall conduct the parliamentary consultations for forming the government. He shall sign, with the President of the Republic, the Decree of its formation. The government must present its general statement of policy to the Chamber to gain its confidence within thirty days of the date of issuance of the Decree in which the government was formed”.

Source: Kuwait News Agency