The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and his government are tackling the backlog of problems accumulated over the past nine months until the recent successful formation of the government.
And on Thursday February 28th a cabinet meeting was chaired by Hariri, a session dedicated to working through the 52 items on the agenda, after a previous meeting held in Baabda that President Michel Aoun had abruptly ended because of disagreements.
Last week, the cabinet was chaired by President Michel Aoun, who ended its first session after the ordinary agenda was discussed, and after a heated debate erupted over the thorny issue of relations with Syria.
Before the meeting, defence minister Elias Bou Saab said he was going to raise the detention of former Nissan chief, Franco-Lebanese-Brazilian Carlos Ghosn in Japan. “It is not normal that he stays in prison without trial,” said Bou Saab.
On the other hand, social affairs minister Richard Kouyoumjian said in the cabinet, he will put forward an initiative to resolve the repatriation of Syrian refugees.
The new 30-member government led by Hariri was formed late January, bringing the months long political deadlock to an end. The economy is the new government's main challenge, with reforms needed to address the dire state of the public finances, and to unlock the billions of dollars in pledged aid and loans to boost the country’s low growth.