Fuad Siniora named Lebanese PM

Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has appointed the anti-Syrian coalition's candidate Fuad Siniora as prime minister, Aljazeera reports.

    Siniora was finance minister in five al-Hariri governments

    Siniora, a former finance minister, arrived at the presidential palace on Thursday, shortly after Lahoud completed consultations with parliament members to name the new premier. Of the 128 legislators, 126 nominated Saniora for the job. 

     

    Siniora was finance minister in five governments headed by Rafiq al-Hariri between 1992 and 2004.

     

    Siniora, also a veteran banker and long time close aide of Rafiq al-Hariri, became the front-runner when he was nominated by the biggest bloc - the Future Movement - in the new parliament.

     

    "The Future Movement has decided to name ... Fuad Siniora ... to pursue the reforms and the development process put in motion by the martyr Rafiq al-Hariri," a statement from the group had said.

      

    The movement is now led by Saad al-Hariri, whose father Rafiq was killed on 14 February in a huge car bomb explosion in Beirut that plunged Lebanon into political turmoil.

      

    Pro-Syrian Lahoud, who is himself facing calls to stand down, had earlier held consultations on the naming of the new prime minister on Thursday with the 128 members of the new parliament.

     

    Under Lebanon's sectarian system, the post of prime minister is reserved for the Sunni Muslim community.

     

    With its political allies, in particular backers of Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, the Future Movement was counting on at least 72 votes for its candidate.

      

    On Tuesday, Lebanese MPs rhad e-elected a prominent pro-Syrian Shia as speaker at the inaugural session of the first parliament since the 1975-90 civil war not controlled by pro-Damascus factions.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Meet the deported nurse aiding asylum seekers at US-Mexico border

    Meet the deported nurse helping refugees at the border

    Francisco 'Panchito' Olachea drives a beat-up ambulance around Nogales, taking care of those trying to get to the US.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.