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    About Past Governments

    The Past has been and still is a major source from where the aounists feed in terms of popularity, they use it to attack the opposite camp which is currently the March 14 camp. One of the issues used by Aoun is the role of the past governments in the current situation on the economic and political levels. He attacks the pillars of March 14 and tries to make them seem responsible for this whole situation. Let us however examine the things more closely. Let us go back to those past governments and to their ministers.

    Starting from the first government headed by Rafic Hariri.

    A- 4th government under Elias Hrawi, Headed by Rafic Hariri:

    Ministers that are in the current opposition: Mahmoud Abou Hamdan, Bassam Mourtada, Michel Samaha, Mikhael Daher, Fares Boueiz, Bechara Merhej, Abdallah Amine, Anwar Khalil, Chahe Barsoumian, Ali Osseiran, Rida Wahid, Sleiman Frangieh, Elie Hobeika.

    Ministers that are currently in the March 14 alliance: Rafic Hariri, Fouad Siniora, Hagop Demirjian, Nkoula Fattouch, Marwan Hamadeh, Bahij Tabbara, Walid Jumblatt, Omar Miskawi.

    Total for opposition: 13

    Total for March 14: 9

    B- Fifth government under Elias Hrawi, Headed by Rafic Hariri:

    Ministers in the current opposition: Ali Khalil, Mahmoud Abou Hamdan, Ali Hrajli, Yassine Jaber, Abdel Rahim Mourad, Chahe Barsoumian, Asaad Herdane, Elie Hobeika, Fayez Chokor, Anwar El Khalil, Fares Boueiz.

    Ministers that are currently in the March 14 alliance: Walid Jumblatt, Fouad Siniora, Rafic Hariri, Nadim Salem, Omar Meskawi, Bahij Tabbara, Marwan Hmede, Nkoula Fattouch, Robert Ghanem.

    Total opposition: 11

    Total March 14: 9

    C- 6th government under Elias Hrawi:

    Ministers in the current opposition: Mahmoud Abou Hamdan, Ali Hrajli, Yassine Jaber, Ayoub Hmayed, Sleiman Franjieh, Chahe Barsoumian, Asaad Hardan, Talal Erslan, Ghazi Seifeddine, Elie Hobeika, Fares Boueiz, Bchara Merhej.

    Ministers that are currently in the March 14 alliance: Rafic Hariri, Bassem Sabeh, Akram Chehayeb, Nkoula Fattouch, Bahij Tabbara, Omar Meskawi, Fouad Siniora, Walid Jumblatt, Nadim Salem.

    Total opposition : 12

    Total March 14: 9

    D- First government under Emile Lahoud, headed by Salim Hoss

    This government didn’t contain any minister from the current March 14, they were all from the current opposition or neutrals.

    E- Second government under Emile Lahoud, headed by Rafic Hariri

    Ministers in the current opposition: Jean Louis Kerdahi, Michel Moussa, Abdel Rahim Mourad, Mahmoud Hammoud, Ali Abdallah, Karam Karam, Asaad Dyab, Sebo Hovnanian, Sleiman Frangieh, Ali Kanso, Talal Erslan, Bchara Merhej, Nazih Baydoun.

    Ministers that are currently in the March 14 alliance: Rafic Hariri, Fouad Siniora, Fouad al Saad, Bahij Tabbara, Michel Feraoun, Marwan Hmede, Samir Aljisr, Bassel Fleihan, Ghazi Aridi.

    Total opposition: 14

    Total current March 14: 9

    F- Third government under Emile Lahoud, headed by Rafic Hariri

    Ministers from the current opposition: Jean Louis Kerdahi, Michel Smeha, Michel Moussa, Karam Karam, Mahmoud Hammoud, Ali Hassan Khalil, Ali Abdallah, Asaad Dyab, Sebo Hovnanian, Sleiman Frangieh, Elie Skaff, Ayoub Hmayed , Asaad Herdane, Talal Erslan, Khalil Hrawi, Assem Kanso, AbdelRahim Mrad, Michel Moussa, Fares Boueiz.

    Ministers that are currently in the March 14 alliance: Rafic Hariri, Fouad Siniora, Marwan Hmede, Ghazi Aridi, Bahij Tabbara, Abdallah Farhat.

    Total opposition: 19

    Total March 14: 6

    G- Fourth government under Emile Lahoud, headed by Omar Karami

    There were no ministers of the current March 14 alliance in this government, they were all from the current opposition.

    Conclusion

    The current opposition formed a majority or at least a larger number of ministers in all of the governments after Taef, this topic is not trying to take responsibility from anyone regarding any action taken in the past, especially not any of the current March 14 members. Its aim is to shed light on the inconsisteny of Michel Aoun, and the lack of any rationality behind his attacks.

    How can Aoun attack March 14 for its role in past governments when he is currently allied with the figures who had the majority in those same governments?

    Note: You can find a detailed breakdown of all Lebanese governments from 1943 to 2005 in our Library.

    6 responses to “About Past Governments”

    1. Nadim K. says:

      Great analysis Hadi. I admire your patience. I just don’t bother to prove that “General” wrong anymore.

      The people who still believe him today will always believe him, whatever he says…

    2. hala says:

      so, let me make sure I get this straight,

      While some of the people who ruined us and acted as Syrian puppets in the past maintain their abusive role of Lebanon today, some others have left the dark side and joined the opposition. How exactly does this discredit the opposition?

      The opposition is lead by the General Aoun who was always the single voice against Syrian occupation and fabricated sectarianism (that’s when March 14 arms an AAl Qaeda-related mob to push a civil war down the throat of the Lebanese. See SEymour hersh’s article titled the Redirection, int eh New Yorker, March 5, 2007)

    3. Nadim K. says:

      Hala, I think you’ve seriously missed the point here.

      Michel Aoun has tried to make 14 March shoulder ALL responsibility for the situation the country is in now. This article just show’s that his theory is nonsense, just like most of the other things he’s said in the past three years. That is all this article tries to say.

      And “Single voice against Syrian occupation”, I think that’s far from the truth. While he was sitting peacefully in Paris eating croissants some were risking their lives on a daily basis to contest Syrian interference.

      And spare us your March 14 – Al Qaeda conspiracy theories, please.
      I don’t give a damn about what an ageing washington-based so-called-reporter with no sources and no experience about Lebanon has to say about my country.

    4. Hadi K says:

      Too much logical fallacies and lack of understanding of the article:
      1- The articles i talking about the double standards of Aoun, he is allied with those who had the majority in the past governments, on the other hands he accuses March 14 leaders who were a minority in these governments.
      2- second and this is funny, so the ones that are with you in the opposition now, left the camp that was working to maintain syrias role in lebanon? 😀 , even they say it openly from HA to Amal to Wahhab to Qandil to SSNP to Karami (all ur allies) that they are still allied with syria.
      3- The opposition is lead by General Aoun: haha.
      4- I actually dont know what the last part has to do with the article, and i wont repeat what Nadim K said, and btw i suggest that you dont use much this type of articles as a source, it is not necessarly in your interest.

    5. Rayan B. says:

      Just for clarity’s sake, I do not believe we can include late Minister Harajli in the current opposition camp, he was a close ally of martyred Premier Rafik Hariri

    6. Colbeck says:

      Thank you man. Very good post…

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