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Lebanon forms new gov't after five months in vacuum

06-13-2011 21:38 BJT

BEIRUT, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Lebanon announced on Monday a new government, after the tripartite meeting held between Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, House Speaker Nabih Berri, and Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati.

The government formed almost five months after the outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri's national unity government collapsed on January 12, due to the conflict between the western-backed March 14 Alliance and the Iran and Syria-backed March 8 Alliance.

Mohammad Safadi was named Finance Minister, while Shakib Kortbawi became Justice Minister, and Nicolas Nahhas became Economy and Trade Minister.

Samir Moukbel was designated as deputy prime minister, and Fayes Ghosn was designated as defense Minister.

The lineup of the 30-member government was announced almost five months after Najib Mikati was designated to form the cabinet.

Speaking to reporters following the announcement of the new Cabinet, Mikati said the slogan of his government will be "All for the nation, all for work."

The new prime minister also vowed to preserve coexistence in Lebanon and work to build the state and safeguard the Constitution.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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