Former minister Saleh al-Gharib, who is close to Lebanese Democratic Party leader ex-MP Talal Arslan, said that no one has discussed with him the issue of being appointed as a minister in the new government.
“I don’t intend to assume any ministerial portfolio at the moment,” Gharib told al-Jadeed TV, dismissing media reports in this regard.
“Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Gebran Bassil knows that I don’t want to take part in the government and we’re in constant communication,” Gharib went on to say.
It was reported earlier that President Michel Aoun is still insisting on “his right to name the Druze and Sunni ministers who will replace Minister of the Displaced Issam Sharafeddine and Economy Minister Amin Salam.”
This may reflect a difficulty that is still obstructing the announcement of the formation of a new government.