The new cabinet will be formed “within hours,” caretaker Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil announced on Tuesday evening.
“Speaker (Nabih) Berri exerted utmost efforts to facilitate its formation and has been in contact with everyone throughout the day,” Khalil, who is also Berri’s political aide, tweeted.
“The Marada (Movement) will be part of it and Hizbullah has not given up its positive role at all,” Khalil added.
Media reports meanwhile said that the new government will be announced on Tuesday evening or Wednesday and that it will comprise 20 ministers.
The Marada Movement will get the public works and labor portfolios while the Syrian Social Nationalist Party has opted to stay out of the government after it rejected to be allotted a Druze seat, al-Jadeed TV quoted unnamed sources as saying.
“The Free Patriotic Movement’s share has remained at six seats while the Druze community will get two portfolios: social affairs, which will be combined with the internally displaced people’s portfolio, and sport and youth,” the sources added.
Demianos Qattar will meanwhile get the administrative development portfolio after labor went to Marada.
LBCI TV meanwhile said that Marada has named Michel Najjar for the labor portfolio as MTV said that Amal Najjar will be replaced by Petra Khoury for the deputy PM post.
TV networks meanwhile said that Berri will meet separately with PM-designate Hassan Diab and FPM chief Jebran Bassil later in the day.
LBCI for its part said that a decision will be taken Tuesday or Wednesday to form a “de facto 18-minister cabinet” should the ongoing efforts to reach consensus fail.