My criteria for a couple of ministerial appointments
Posted by worriedlebanese on 28/06/2009
In 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).