Lebanese nepotism

More than two months after the Lebanese election, the saga of trying to form a government continues. In the latest twist, ex-general Michel Aoun is insisting on the re-appointment of his son-in-law, Jibran Bassil, as minister of telecommunications.

Bassil failed to win a seat in the June election and, accordingto The National newspaper, the March 14 alliance, led by prime minister designate, Saad (son of Rafik) Hariri, have “refused to accept Mr Bassil for any cabinet position because they want their own candidates to run the most lucrative ministry in Lebanon”. 

Posted by Brian Whitaker, 18 August 2009.