SULEIMAN DECREES LEBANON’S NEW CABINET: 30 MINISTERS FROM SEVEN SECTS
July 11 2008
President Michel Suleiman on Friday decreed the formation of a national
unity cabinet, the first in his six-year term.
The cabinet, headed by Premier Fouad Saniora, groups 30 ministers from
the seven major sects in a nation made up of 18 religious communities.
Maronite Ministers: Ziad Baroud, Nassib Lahoud, Tony Karam, Gibran
Bassil, Mario Aoun and Elie Marouni.
Greek Orthodox ministers: Issam Abu Jamra, Elias Murr, Ibrahim Najjar,
Tareq Mitri and Raymond Audi.
Catholic ministers: Elie Skaff, and Youssef Takla.
Druze: Talal Arslan, Ghazi Aridi and Wael Abu Faour.
Sunnis: Fouad Saniora, Bahia Hariri, Mohammed Safadi, Tammam Salam,
Mohammad Shatah and Khaled Qabbani
Shiites: Mohammed Fneish, Ali Qanso, Ibrahim Shamseddine, Mohammed
Jawad Khalifa, Fawzi Salloukh and Ghazi Zoayter.