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FPM Says Won’t ‘Renounce’ Social Affairs Ministry

May 16

 FPM Says Won’t ‘Renounce’ Social Affairs Ministry

The Free Patriotic Movement on Tuesday said it will not “renounce the Social Affairs Ministry” to another party, when the new government is formed, if a “clear” policy on the displacement of Syrians in Lebanon is not adopted.

“The FPM will won’t relinquish the Social Affairs Ministry like it did before if there was no commitment to a clear policy of Syrian displacement,” a senior FPM source was quoted as saying.

He also stressed that the Syrian displacement issue should be a “clear clause in the ministerial statement.”

Pierre Bou Assi of the Lebanese Forces is the current Social Affairs Minister.

Lebanon is gearing for a new government after staging its legislative elections.

Lebanon hosts around one million Syrians -- one in four of the Lebanese population. The Lebanese government says as many as 1.5 million Syrians are in the country.

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