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Opposing political figures
take credit for cabinet formation

BEIRUT – Officials from the rival Future Movement and Hezbollah claimed having respectively made “sacrifices” to allow for a new government to be formed.

 

Future bloc MP Ghazi Youssef said on Sunday that “the formation of the cabinet wouldn’t have been completed had it not been for the efforts and sacrifices of [Future Movement leader MP] Saad Hariri.”

 

“Hariri accepted to sit together in the cabinet with [members of a party] accused of assassinating his father,” he added, in his comments to Asharq radio station, in reference to Hezbollah officials.

 

Meanwhile, Deputy Chairperson of Hezbollah’s Executive Council Sheikh Nabil Qaouq claimed that it was his party that settled for less than it deserves in order to make the formation of the government possible.

 

“Hezbollah’s share in the cabinet reflects the size of our sacrifice and our keenness on forming [the government] rather than the size of our representation,” Qaouq said later on Sunday.

 

After almost eleven months of bickering, a new unity cabinet was announced on Saturday.

 

The cabinet included all Lebanese parties, except for the Lebanese Forces, which maintained its stance against participating in a cabinet that includes ministers representing Hezbollah.

the formation of the cabinet wouldn’t have been completed had it not been for the efforts and sacrifices of Saad Hariri.