Lebanon has fallen far from its proud title of “Switzerland of the East”. A reflection of how distant the country is from its golden age European doppelganger is easily seen in the realm of politics.
Switzerland in all its glory, being about 4 times larger than Lebanon, and its country’s affairs infinitely better managed, has always had a total of 7 members at the head of its Federal Council since 1848.
Bassil‘s suggestion came as a proposed solution to the months-long government formation deadlock in which Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and President Michel Aoun continue to disagree on the Cabinet formation.
Adhering to the French initiative, Hariri has proposed a Cabinet of 18 nonpartisan specialists that would implement reforms to pull Lebanon out of its toppling crisis, but Aoun is rejecting it over the division of ministries.