A “gloomy” and “cautious” atmosphere is engulfing the cabinet formation process after a “key obstacle” emerged, a media report said on Friday.
“The President has vetoed the confessional distribution that (PM-designate Najib) Miqati has suggested for the sovereign portfolios,” sources informed on the negotiations told the Nidaa al-Watan newspaper.
“Aoun specifically did not stomach the idea of allotting the interior and justice portfolios to the Sunni community,” the sources added.
“The President considered that there is a flaw in the sectarian balance of the cabinet line-up in terms of the distribution of portfolios according to type and importance,” the sources went on to say.
The sources also pointed out that “it will be difficult to move forward in the formation process unless this obstacle is resolved.”
“That’s why it was agreed to take a 72-hour timeframe in which the PM-designate would look into possible solutions,” the sources added.