Lebanese Premier-Designate Saeb Salam formed a 16-man government on Saturday (May 27) to replace his cabinet which resigned after general elections last month.
Lebanese Premier-Designate Saeb Salam formed a 16-man government on Saturday (May 27) to replace his cabinet which resigned after general elections last month. It was the fifth government to be formed by Mr. Salam, who was Prime Minister for the first time in 1952.
Most parliamentary groups of the right and centre are represented in the new government. But Leftwing and "Progressive" groups were excluded.
The only non-member of parliament in the cabinet minister is the Foreign Minister, Mr. Khalil Abu Hamad, who held the same portfolio in the outgoing government.
One of the main presumptions of the new parliament is expected to be a controversial bill governing political parties. Left-wingers have accused the prime minister of malicious intentione to curb their political activities through the bill.
Mr. Salam will also have to cope with a rising cost of living and other social problems. He has described his cabinet -- already known as "The Youth Cabinet"-as being one of social democracy.
Apart from the absence of leftwing are in the new cabinet, some right wing block -- including the Phalangist Party and Armenian deputies -- were also left out, mainly because of last-minute differences as to who should represent them and which portfolio they should hold.