- Advertising Agencies
- Architects

- Banks

- Car Dealers
- Car Rental
- Casinos
- Commerce
- Consulting
- Cosmetology
- Craft

- Data Processing &
Computer Systems
- Decoration &

- Editing
- Elementary Schools
- Engineering &
- Environment / Waste
Management Services
- Express Delivery

- Fashion
- Financial Services
- Food & Beverage
- Furnished Apartments

- Health / Beauty
- Higher & Vocational
- Home Appliances
- Hotels 3
- Hotels 4(A)
- Hotels 4(B)
- Hotels 5
- Hotel & Restaurant

- Industry
- Insurance
- Interior Design /
- Internet

- Jewelleries

- Lighting
- Luxury

- Media
- Music

- Office Equipment /
- Oriental Carpets
- Outside Decoration

- Printing
- Promotional Materials

- Real Estate
- Recruitment
- Restaurants

- Sanitary Wares
- Security
- Services
- Sweets

- Taxi
- Telecommunication &
Mobile Phones
- Transport
- Travel Agencies
- Technical Studies

- Watches
- Water Treatment



Back to archives Back to news
French Version

Karami says new government will be formed by Saturday

Franjieh bows out of new cabinet lineup

The formation of the new government is expected to be announced by the end of the week, with the noticeable absence of outgoing Interior Minister Suleiman Franjieh.

Your reaction... Click here

In a statement issued by Franjieh's press office, the minister said he will not be taking part in the new government.

According to the statement, "While we wish Prime Minister-designate Omar Karami luck in forming his new Cabinet, we would like to explain that Franjieh will not be taking part in the new government."

Franjieh's statement came as Karami announced consultations for the new Cabinet will kick off as soon as the mourning period for the death of Pope John Paul II ends.

Karami added: "The formation of the new government will have to wait until Saturday. We cannot form the government while the country is in a state of mourning for the death of the pope."

Karami also said the opposition would not be taking part in the Cabinet.

He said: "We waited 20 days for them to take part, but they didn't want to. But we are holding talks with them to see who they deem appropriate candidates to represent them in the new Cabinet."

Ever since his re-appointment as premier, Karami has insisted that if he cannot form a government with opposition participation, he will resign.

But following a meeting of the loyalist Ain al-Tineh Gathering last Friday, Karami announced he would go on with forming the government despite earlier statements he would step down. During the meeting Speaker Nabih Berri had added the gathering would not accept any form of electoral law except that based on the mohafaza (medium-sized electoral district).

Prior to late Premier Rafik Hariri's murder February 14, a draft electoral law adopting the qada (small electoral districts) as an electoral district was presented to Parliament. However, it has yet to be discussed.

Minister of State Albert Mansour said following his meeting with Karami: "I know for sure the premier will try his best to form a government of reliable and honest politicians who are able to lay down a new electoral law and conduct the elections as soon as possible."

Baalbek-Hermel MP Ammar Musawi said Monday the awaited government would retrieve the draft electoral law from Parliament once it is formed, in order to present a new one based on the Taif Accord.

He said: "Adopting the mohafaza as an electoral district is a suggestion given in Taif. But we know there are some objections to this, and these objections will increase."

But the adoption of mohafazat might stir divisions in the country with most of the opposition refusing the proposal and calling for the adoption of qadas in which they would be better represented.

Following his meeting with Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir, Zahle MP Mohsen Dalloul accused the government of trying to postpone the elections.

He said: "The electoral law should be there to provide the right representation for voters. If the authorities think they can postpone the elections through meddling with the electoral draft law they are wrong."

He added: "Karami should discuss the current draft law as is, and Parliament is the only one that has the right to carry on any amendments. But they are trying to waste time in order to postpone the elections."

Beirut MP Michel Pharaon also met with Sfeir, and said after the meeting that most Lebanese were waiting for the elections to take place on time.

He said: "Around 95 percent of the Lebanese people are waiting for the elections to take place, and we hope the Constitution will not be breached again through extending the mandate of Parliament as they extended President Emile Lahoud's term."

Your reaction... Click here

Beirut 05-04-2005
Majdoline Atoum
The Daily Star

Business News
Business Forum
Business Opportunities
Fairs & Exhibitions
Useful Addresses
Currency Exchange Rates
Some Marks
To see in Lebanon
Media of 1stlebanon
Impact of 1stlebanon
Add your company
Press Book
Flowers delivery Lebanon
Flowers delivery Dubai
Oriental food specialty
Lebanese wine
Real estate agency Beirut
Hotel Hamra-Beirut
Car rental
Rent a car lebanon
Reservation for your travel in Lebanon
Association des français de l'étranger
-section Liban
Diamond jewelry Lebanon
Jewelry manufacturer Lebanon
Jewelry watches-Swiss made watches
Diamond Swiss watches
Modern and comtemporary jewelry
Byzantine & Phoenician jewelry
Jewelry creation
Oriental, classical and traditional decoration
Hand made furniture
Construction management Lebanon
Projects development
Shoes manufacturer and distributor Lebanon
Sole agent of Philips & Whirlpool in Lebanon
Web development
Web marketing
Printing press services
Paper products
Insurance company Lebanon
Insurance Lebanon
Rent villas France
Hotels all over Syria
Hotel management company
University Lebanon
Arab Media News