Prime Minister Tammam Salam Saturday formed a 24-member unity government, ending months of political deadlock in Lebanon.
A presidential decree appointing Salam and his Cabinet was issued after talks between the president, prime minister-designate and Parliament speaker.
The government brings together Lebanon’s rival March 14 and March 8 coalitions as well as so-called centrist figures loyal to the president, prime minister and Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblatt. Hezbollah has two ministers in the government.
Salam was appointed on April 6, 2013, after a fall out among ministers led to the resignation of his predecessor’s government.
Salam named Samir Moqbel as deputy prime minister and defense minister. Nuhad Mashnouq was named interior minister, Gebran Bassil foreign minister and Ali Hasan Khalil finance minister.
Retired police chief Ashraf Rifi, seen as a controversial figure by the March 8 coalition, was appointed justice minister.
The Energy portfolio was handed to Tashnag MP Arthur Nazarian.
The government line-up includes only one female minister – Judge Alice Shabtini for the Ministry for the Displaced.