As the solution to the country crisis seems to without a end I propose to give our esteemed leaders a helping hand. The official stated problem is the extension of the council of Ministers to include Aoun, and at the same time give a blocking third to Hezbollah and its allies (Nabih Berri, Emile Lahoud and Aoun) of course there is a simple solution that consists of changing th president now and then the 14th of march will accept the expansion of the council of ministers. But HA and its allies refuse to even discuss the issue of the president.
Therefore I think we should tickle our neurons and come up with a solution that will be acceptable to both parties. Of course here I am assuming that there are no hidden cause to the problem and no foreign intervention that have their own agenda.
Before starting let me point out each parties declared conditions and warn you that this will be a very long post, sorry in advance:
The 14th of March coalition:
1-Holding to a two third majority, or in other words they will not accept HA and its allies to hold more than one third.
2-Holding to the justice and Internal security Ministries, either directly or indirectly (as it the case currently –Charles Rizek holding the Justice ministry)
Meanwhile HA and its allies:
1-Acquiring a third plus one stake in the government
2-Aoun wants four ministers and a important ministry
Although the conditions seem to contradict each others, I believe that there is always room for a deal.
The same problem arose in forming the current council of ministers, and HA, Amal and the President wanted to have a third plus one stakes. The solution was to appoint a neutral minster to hold the balance between the two factions. In other words HA held eight ministers and the 14th of March held 15 and the last position was given to a neutral minister (Tarek Metri)
However that was the solution on paper, in practice two of the President’s three ministers (Charles Rizk and Elias Murr) switched sides and became close to the 14th of March coalition. But an important caveats must be drawn here these ministers are close but not allied with the 14th of March.
So my deal to solve the problem:
1-Expanding the council to 30 members (adding six new ministers)
2-Aoun gets his four ministers and the finance ministry
3-The two remaining ministers go to persons close the 14th of March 4-So the balance in the council of ministers becomes thus: five ministers to HA and Berri; four to Aoun; and One to the President; 15 to the 14th of march; two ministers that are considered neutral but close to 14th of March; Elias Murr and Charles Rizk holding the same ministry they have now; and finally Tarek Metry holding the crucial position that he held before.
Before jumping to conclusion try to ponder these points. Aoun gets his four ministers and the finance ministry. HA and Berri have the same portion and the foreign ministry. While the crusil middle ground is held by Tarek Metry and the two ministers who were close to the president but no longer are. I believe that Elias Murr and Charles Rizk proved that they truly care about Lebanon and the country interests and not following a faction blindly…
Anyways this is the best I came out with and could be acceptable to both camps, let us hear your comments on my deal and what other solution you can think of…
PS: Please try to be as constructive as possible and leave controversy, endless discussions, empty rethorics and hot air, blind defense of each one’s faction to yourself. Thx!