After the nine-month deadlock, Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri has officially announced the new Lebanese government.
After meeting the country’s president Micheal Aoun tonight, Hariri announced from the presidential palace the formation of the new government. This comes after the country’s parliamentary elections that took place in May 2018.
The Prime Minister also apologized to the Lebanese for the delay of the formation, declaring that the new government will have to make some difficult decisions in order to reduce the state budget.
This new government now includes four female ministers, up from only one in the previous government. This reflects 13% of the ministers. Among them is the notable May Chidiac – a tv journalist who survived an assassination attempt back in 2005 for her criticism of Syrian’s continuous meddling in Lebanon’s affairs.
A couple other things to note is that the ministries of State for Combating Corruption as well as for human rights no longer exist. And the Minister of Women’s Affairs is actually a woman this time. Ministry of State for Social Rehabilitation and Women is now Violet Khairallah Safadi.
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