Lebanon's parliament approves national unity cabinet

12 August 2008
Lebanon's parliament has approved the cabinet appointed by the new national unity government, after the anti-Syrian March 14 bloc of political parties agreed that Hezbollah could keep its weapons.

The new cabinet can now announce the policies that it will seek to introduce before parliamentary elections in May 2009.

The upcoming policy statement is expected to include commitments to privatise Lebanon's two state-owned mobile phone companies and bring in the private sector to help its ailing power monopoly Electricite du Liban.

Lebanon's Telecommunications Ministry told MEED last month that the sale of the mobile companies, MIC1 and MIC2, might be delayed until after the parliamentary elections (MEED 18:7:08).

The mobile companies are currently run by Zain, the Kuwaiti operator, and Alfa, a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom and Saudi Arabia's Fal Holdings.

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