ArmInfo.Twenty representatives of the Christian and Muslim communities of Lebanon joined the new government of the republic under the leadership of Prime Minister Hassan Diab. This is stated in the press service of the President of Lebanon, Michel Aoun.
The Prime Minister of the new government, Hassan Diab, is a native of the academic community - before taking office, he was vice-rector of the American University of Beirut. Diab has already said that the new government is a rescue team, which now faces the main task - to restore and maintain stability in the country.
So, according to the message, the posts in the new Diab team in particular were: Marie Claude Nizhm (<Free Patriotic Movement>). Born in Beirut on April 6, 1971. Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at St. Joseph University in Beirut, head of the Department of Private Law and Director of the Center for Human Rights Studies in the Arab World, who has served as Minister of Justice. Michel Ibrahim Najar (Marada movement) became Minister of Public Works and Transport. Born December 17, 1958. He graduated from the American University of Beirut. He continued his studies at Oklahoma State University, where he received a doctorate in civil engineering. Minister of Social Affairs and Tourism Ramsey Mushrifiya (Lebanese Democratic Party>) is an orthopedic surgeon who graduated from American University in Beirut and then studied in Britain. In 2005 he was appointed professor of the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Balamand. Minister of Finance - Gazi Uazni (Amal). Born July 20, 1954, married, has three children. He has a doctorate in economics. Fell in love in France. Founder of several banks in Africa. Minister of Foreign Affairs - Nassif Hatti (<Free Patriotic Movement>). He has a doctorate in international relations from the University of Southern California (1980), before that he received a bachelor's degree in political science (1975) and a master's degree in political science (1977) from the American University of Beirut. He held a number of high posts in the Arab League. Minister of Labor Lamia Yammin al-Dueehi (Marada Movement), born in 1974. She received a master's degree in architectural design in Tripoli. From 2002 to the present he teaches at the University of Lebanon. Minister of Energy Raymond Gajr (<Free Patriotic Movement>) received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Ottawa in Canada, and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Canadian University of Saskatchewan. In 1993, he received his doctorate in electrical power systems. He served as Deputy Dean of the College of Engineering from 2013 to 2018. Since 1992, he worked in Canada, the USA, Europe and the Middle East. In 2008, he served as Senior Advisor to the Minister of Energy for Political Affairs. Minister of Youth and Sports - Vartini Ohanyan (<Dashnaktsutyun>), born in 1984. She taught a bachelor of social sciences at the University of Lebanon. Worked as a social worker including in the Armenian Orthodox Diocese in Lebanon. Minister of Communications - Talal Havat. Born in Tripoli in 1969. In 1998, he received a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of San Jose, California. For many years he held posts in the field of communications in Lebanon. The Minister of Health is Hamad Ali Hassan (Hezbollah). Born in 1969 in Baalbek. Graduate of the Moscow Medical Academy of Sechenov, former mayor of Baalbek. Information Minister - Manal Abdel Samad. She held the position of Head of the Tax Law Department at the Ministry of Finance. He lectures at the University of St. Joseph in Beirut. She received her doctorate in law from the Sorbonne. In fact, in the new team of the Lebanese Prime Minister, ministerial seats were divided between faiths in the following order: the Maronites have four ministers, the Orthodox community will be represented by three ministers, the Catholics will be represented by two ministers, the Shiites and Sunnis will have four ministerial seats, the Armenians will be represented by one minister, and the Druze the country's population is two ministers. Despite the formation of a new government, protests throughout Lebanon did not stop. On the contrary, they resumed with renewed vigor immediately after the announcement of a new government. Riots and clashes with police occurred in Beirut and Tripoli. The economic and financial situation in Lebanon continues to deteriorate. The president of the country, Michel Aoun, announced in early October that the country was suffering from financial blockade and sanctions. There is also a shortage of currency in the banking sector. Suspended transfers to foreign accounts, the issuance of dollars is limited to 1 thousand per week, the percentage of commission for issuing foreign currency in cash is increased. Private entrepreneurs refuse to accept payment by bank transfer. At the same time, the Lebanese pound against the dollar two months ago began to fall for the first time in 30 years and reached 2,500 pounds per dollar, while the central bank continues to maintain the previous exchange rate of 1,515 pounds. In October, anti-government demonstrations began against this backdrop. Protesters demand economic reform and prosecution of officials involved in corruption schemes. At the end of October, against the backdrop of protests, the government of Saad Hariri resigned, after which the country lived in a government vacuum for almost three months until the announcement of the new government of Diyab on January 21.