Monday, July 11, 2005

Foreign Minister Picked, Next Step Is Baabda!

Word is out that Seniora has made his pick for the Foreign Minister position: Ambassador Fawzi Salloukh, the Secretary General of the Islamic University of Lebanon. I did my internet search and found no pictures of him and learned very little of his background. If anyone knows more about him, please share it with us...we're all curious.

Seniora reminded us on the eve of his visit to Baabda that this is the first "Lebanese" government formed in 30 years...

The ball is in Lahoud's court now!

"Nobody knows how many rebellions, besides political rebellions, ferment in the masses of life which people earth."

11 comments:

Hassan said...

quik note: former ambassador, mostly in african countries, not necessarily close to hezbollah. (closer to a mahmoud hammoud than a jihad mortada). more later.

Cedar-Guardian said...

I have never heard of his name before. I hope he will be a "Damianos Kattar type" of minister, i.e. a huge unknown potential in the shadow of Lebanese Politics, who will show his real abilities once in place. The Foreign Affairs ministry is a very important institution and its role will be primary in the coming period. The only sad thing is that, if it is true that Salloukh is far from Hezbollah/Amal, the ministry of Foreign Affairs would have been the victim of sectarian interests: all what the Shias would have lobbied for is their sect's control of the Foreign Ministry. That's the second time Berri and co. do this after they previously considered that the position of the head of the Sureté Générale became a "possession" of their sect.... And then they want us to trust their intentions when they talk about "non-sectarian politics"!

Doha said...

It's true what you're saying CG. Amal's MP Ali Hassan Khalil stressed that Hizbullah/Amal's insistence on the Foreign Ministry position is not for sectarian purposes, but to ensure that the Resistance is protected. I think any person from another sect could have ensured that the Resistance is protected; it does not take a Shiite (and I hate to talk sectarianism). Now, a nonpartisan Shiite was found to assume the position, which makes me ask: if not a HA/Amal representative, then why a Shiite? Is this part of the condition that HA/Amal have set?

Anonymous said...

I'm sure he will fill the shoes of Charles Malek nicely. We go from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the Secretary General of the Islamic University.

If this guy represents the will of the Lebanese citizen when it comes to foreign affairs, then I'm becoming less and less of a Lebanese citizen.

May said...

I have just been told that he was the Lebanese ambassador to Nigeria possibly for two years.

May

Mustapha said...

if he was the embassador to Nigeria, then i'm sure he scores very well on corruption ;)

Doha said...

I will answer my question on why a Shiite Foreign Minister was chosen, if he's not from the HA/Amal bloc: Al-Balad newspapwer claims that this was part of a deal that the Health Ministry seat that was set to go for a Shiite would be given to Marwan Hamade (he was Health Minister before) in return for allocating the fifth Shiite seat to the Foreign Ministry.

Then who will be the Interior Minister? Marwan Hamade was a strong candidate for this portfolio? Did Jumblatt just give up a "dominant" portfolio? He will be having the health, displaced, and culture portfolios. Is this why he said yesterday that the March 14 Uprising was diluted with concessions? Perhaps. Wow! I'm amazed how the rumors about him that he was acting like he's the head of the Opposition has probably had some truth before, but definitely not now.

Another question: Where would Elias Murr (who most probably will be included on Lahoud's demand list) be positioned within this government?....

Hassan said...

2:00 AM Beirut Time: Tuesday's Assafir is now online (assafir.com). They say Lahoud still wants Murr for Defense and Rizk for some other portfolio. Some changes will come up, as too many maronites are in for the porfolios. So Aoun will have to replace one of his two maronite ministers with a Greek Orthodox.

I'm still waiting for Annahar to go online. They should have answers on the Interior.

Doha said...

Al-Nahar doesn't, but it somehow looks bleak when Emile Khoury in his opinion writes that Jumblatt was right when he said that the March 14 Uprising has failed due to concessions, in the sense that the majority has gotten into a situation where it is losing its majority status in the government, while Lahoud, Hizbullah/Amal, Aoun are getting their last say. Therefore, according to Khoury, we will not be seeing a change in the way things are done, not very drastic.

Doha said...

One more piece of news: Elias Skaff is said to have asked for the Agriculture portfolio (as Aoun has asked to be given four seats in the government for his bloc, two from FPM and two other from his allies, who include Skaff and Tashnag.) The Future Movement, Assafir claims, has placed a veto on Skaff.

Further, Lahoud does not want Elias Murr, his brother-in-law, only to be the Defense Minister, but also Seniora's deputy. Can someone choke me? It seems Lahoud wants Mikati back.

I think it's about time Seniora told the public what is going on behind the scenes. The more he keeps things behind the scenes and does not disclose anything, the more it will soon backfire at him.

Cheers said...

Doha,

Here is a link for a photo. You may need to zoom in. No other info yet.

http://www.lebanese-cpc.com/ATTACHMENTS/TRAINING%20ACADEMIC/TRAINING%20ACADEMIC-%20PHOTOS.pdf

Cheers