Middle East News
Lebanon announces new national unity cabinet (1st Lead)
Jul 11, 2008, 13:32 GMT
Beirut - Lebanon announced Friday the formation of a new cabinet after months of political bickering, comprising 30 members headed by Prime Minister Fouad Seniora.
'The main role of this government will be to restore confidence in the Lebanese constitution and lead the country to the 2009 parliamentary elections,' Seniora told reporters.
'Despite all the differences, Lebanese leaders have proved they can put their differences aside and work towards the interests of all Lebanese, and stay away from conflicts in the streets,' Seniora said after a meeting with President Michel Suleiman.
The new cabinet comprises members of the Hezbollah-led opposition, who have a veto power on decisions, as well as members of the ruling majority.
'This is a government that will lead Lebanon to a bright future,' Seniora said. The government would meet Wednesday for the first time, he added.