Still no Cabinet
Three months on from the political upheaval that saw the March 15 Alliance leader and then Prime Minister Saad Hariri ousted, the new Prime Minister designate, Najib Mikati, is still trying to form a government.
The current sticking point is the possible appointment of a new minister for the powerful Interior Ministry. The current caretaker minister, Ziyad Baroud, has been attacked and has said that he will stand down from the cabinet and not take another ministerial role. Meanwhile, Free Patriotic Movement leader, Michael Aoun is refusing to budge unless he is able to nominate the new Interior Minister. The impasse means that Lebanon is still without a Cabinet.
Caretaker Prime Minister Mikati has presented a 30 strong Cabinet list to President Michael Sleiman, but there is no guarantee that the list will be approved by parliament.