New Lebanese Government Announced – Only 1 Female Minister

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The new Lebanese government was just announced from the Baabda Palace by Fouad Fliefel, the cabinet’s secretary-general. It’s quite shameful that there’s only one female minister and that the minister of

New portfolios included for the first time an anti-corruption post and a Minister for Women’s Affairs.

Instead of the usual 24 ministers, there are now 30. The funny (read sad) part is that there is only 1 female minister. On top of that, there’s only one female minister and that the State Minister for Women’s Affairs is… not a woman.

Here’s the list of the (not so) new ministers:

– Ghassan Hasbani (Deputy PM and Health Minister, Lebanese Forces)

– Melhem Riachi (Information Minister, LF)

– Pierre Bou Assi (Social Affairs Minister, LF)

– Marwan Hamadeh (Education Minister, Progressive Socialist Party)

– Ayman Shqeir (State Minister for Human Rights, PSP)

– Talal Arslan (Minister of the Displaced, part of PSP’s share)

– Ghazi Zoaiter (Agriculture Minister, AMAL Movement)

– Ali Hassan Khalil (Finance Minister, AMAL Movement)

– Michel Pharaon (State Minister for Planning Affairs)

– Ali Qansou (State Minister for Parliament Affairs, Syrian Social Nationalist Party)

– Mohammed Fneish (Sport and Youth Minister, Hizbullah)

– Hussein al-Hajj Hassan (Industry Minister, Hizbullah)

– Jean Oghassabian (State Minister for Women’s Affairs, al-Mustaqbal Movement)

– Nouhad al-Mashnouq (Interior Minister, Mustaqbal)

– Mohammed Kabbara (Labor Minister, Mustaqbal)

– Jamal al-Jarrah (Telecommunications Minister, Mustaqbal)

– Moein al-Merehbi (State Minister for Refugee Affairs, Mustaqbal)

– Ghattas Khoury (Culture Minister, Mustaqbal)

– Yaaqoub al-Sarraf (Defense Minister, loyal to President Michel Aoun)

– Salim Jreissati (Justice Minister, loyal to President Michel Aoun)

– Jebran Bassil (Foreign Minister, Free Patriotic Movement)

– Pierre Raffoul (State Minister for Presidency Affairs, FPM)

– Cesar Abi Khalil (Energy and Water Minister, FPM)

– Nicolas Tueni (State Minister for Combating Corruption)

– Tareq al-Khatib (Environment Minister)

– Enaya Ezzeddine (State Minister for Administrative Development)

– Youssef Finianos (Public Works and Transport Minister, Marada Movement)

– Raed Khoury (Economy Minister)

– Ouadis Kedenian (Tourism Minister)

The Kataeb Party refused to take part in the cabinet after it was offered a state minister post, media reports said.

Kataeb chief “Sami Gemayel believes that what was offered to Kataeb was aimed at excluding it from the cabinet,” LBCI television reported.

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