Worried Lebanese

thought crumbs on lebanese and middle eastern politics

My criteria for a couple of ministerial appointments

Posted by worriedlebanese on 28/06/2009

Picture 3In a couple of weeks, Lebanon will likely have a new government. Pundits are discussing and arguing about numbers: should the minority coalition have a “blocking” third, how many Ministers should the President appoint…
I think it’s time to broaden the discussion to things that matter: principles!

Here are a couple of principles that I have followed in my appointment of  Ministers:
Choose a number of women possible (aim at one third of ministers): Women are underrepresented in our political system, and this is mainly because of a psychological barrier: women are not seen as possible candidates, women are not envolved in political life. Imagine that 2/3 of the President’s appointees are women… and that the President asks each bloc to name at least two women! Then we’ll have 6 or 7 women for ministers. With such a figure, be sure that there will be an increased number of women candidates in the next elections, and the proposition for a quota for women in Parliament will have more chances to be voted.
Choose non-politicians: These individuals should be are competent in their domain and have proven themselves in NGOs or through their academic or professional work.
Advantage youth (or at least people who are less than 50 years old).

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