According to Sami Moubayed, this is how the 30 posts will be divided up:
15 for Saad Al-Hariri’s ruling March 14 coalition.
10 for the Hizbollah-led March 8 opposition.
5 assigned by the (neutral) President Michel Sleiman.
That means the opposition seems to lose its power to veto important decisions, because it will have less than one-third plus one.
But here’s the trick: one of Michel Sleiman’s seats will be a Shia, loyal to the opposition, but chosen by Sleiman. That way, the opposition has only nominated 10 cabinet members.
Here’s how it works out:
PRESIDENT MICHEL SLEIMAN’S NEUTRAL FIVE:
Minister of Interior (Ziad Baroud stays in this post – who was commended for running a successful election)
Minister of Defence (Elias al-Murr stays in this post)
3 Ministers without portfolio (1 Sunni, 1 Shia, 1 Christian)
THE OPPOSITION’S TEN SEATS
Amal gets 3 seats: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Health and Industry.
Hizbollah gets 2.
FPM (Michel Aoun) gets 5.
MARCH 14’s FIFTEEN SEATS
Mustaqbal gets 5.
Walid Jumblatt gets 3 (including Minister of Information).
Samir Jaja gets 2: Minister of Public Works and Minister of Social Affairs.
Amin Gemayel gets 2.
That leaves 3 more to be assigned. A formal announcement is expected later today.