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Jumblatt advocates
6-9-9 cabinet formula

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt voiced his support of the ministerial lineup formula that gives both March 8 and March 14 coalitions nine ministers, and allows the centrists six.

 

“The 8-8-8 formula is no longer valid… the best solution is the 6-9-9 formula which ensures a blocking third to Hezbollah and March 14, while not giving anyone the chance to control the government,” Jumblatt said in remarks published Friday in As-Safir newspaper.

 

The PSP chief reiterated the importance of forming the cabinet “as soon as possible,” and said that it was March 14’s responsibility to facilitate the cabinet lineup “given the conditions it sets and then takes back.”

 

Jumblatt also expressed his objection to the formation of a fait accompli government, citing Speaker Nabih Berri’s description of such a cabinet as being “unconstitutional.”

 

Lebanon is still waiting for the formation of a new government by Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam. Salam’s latest proposal is based on giving a third share to each of the opposing political blocks – March 14 and March 8, and a third share to centrists.

 

Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement are objecting to the PM-designate’s proposal and are requesting a ministerial share that reflects their parliamentary size. Meanwhile, the Future Movement and other March 14 parties claim that they will not be part of a cabinet in which Hezbollah participates.

The 8-8-8 formula is no longer valid.