Crisis-hit Lebanon’s nearly three-month wait for a new government ended on Tuesday when a line-up led by Prime Minister Hassan Diab was announced at the presidential palace.
A government official read out the 20 names in a brief address after President Michel Aoun signed off on the names, agreed on after more than a month of tense negotiations.
The new prime minister Diab vowed that his newly-unveiled government would strive to meet the demands of a three-month-old protest movement demanding radical change.
“This is a government that represents the aspirations of the demonstrators who have been mobilized nationwide for more than three months,” he said, moments after the line-up was read out at the presidential palace.
He said his government “will strive to meet their demands for an independent judiciary, for the recovery of embezzled funds, for the fight against illegal gains.”
Prime Minister: Hassan Diab
Deputy PM and Defense: Zeina Akar
Interior: Mohamed Fahmi
Justice: Marie-Claude Najm
Finance: Ghazi Wazni
Foreign Affairs: Nassif Hitti
Environment and Administrative Development: Damianos Kattar
Telecommunications: Talal Hawat
Economy Minister: Raoul Nehme
Industry Minister: Imad Hoballah
Public Works: Michel Najjar
Labor Minister: Lamia Yammine
Energy Minister: Raymond Ghajar
Social Affairs and Tourism Minister: Ramzi Mousharrafiyeh
Youth and Sports Minister: Varte Ohanian
Education Minister: Tarek Majzoub
Health Minister: Hamad Hassan
Agriculture and Culture Minister: Abbas Mortada
Displaced: Ghada Shreim
Information Minister: Manal Abdel Samad