Lebanon Prime Minister-Mikati Aims to Form Government to Implement Reform Plan


Beirut — Lebanese businessman Najib Mikati has won enough votes to be nominated as the next prime minister in parliamentary talks on Monday and is now on the challenge of forming a viable government to tackle the financial crisis. Facing

Mikati has previously served as prime minister twice, and unlike many Lebanese leaders, he does not represent political parties or hail from the dynasty. He received 72 votes out of a total of 118 parliamentarians.

Like his former candidate, Saad Hariri, he is a cabinet equipped to deal with the collapse of Lebanon, one of the world’s most debt-ridden states, with a shared power structure between denominations. You need to navigate the secure agreement.

“I don’t have a magic wand and can’t do miracles,” Mikati said after the nomination, adding that he was studying the situation and had the “necessary international guarantee.”

Mikati is the third person since the Hassan Diab administration resigned after an explosion in the port area of ​​Beirut on August 4, killing more than 200 people and flattening a large area of ​​the city. Beirut was nominated.

Since then, the Diab administration has maintained its position as a caretaker, but Lebanon’s currency has collapsed, jobs have disappeared, and banks have frozen their accounts in the worst crisis in the country since the 1975-90 civil war.

Mikati said he was confident that a government could be formed and that his top priority was to implement a reform plan by France, a former colonial ruler.

The French roadmap envisioned a government of experts capable of implementing reforms and engaging in the International Monetary Fund.

Lebanon “I have a chance today”

Hezbollah, a heavily armed Shiite Islamist movement that the United States considers a terrorist group, nominated Mikati in talks on Monday. Most of the major parliamentary blocks have approved this choice.

Muhammad Lard, leader of the Hezbollah parliamentary block, has shown signs to reporters that it may form a government, “named Mikati to give additional boost to promote the formation of a government.” Said.

Hezbollah is an ally of President Michel Aoun.

Some Mikati supporters abandoned efforts to establish a government last week because Hariri disagreed with Aung after nearly a decade.

After meeting with Aung, Harry Lee told reporters that he hopes that Mikati, a telecommunications giant, will be selected and successfully form a cabinet.

News of the possibility of Mikati’s designation boosted the Lebanese pound in an informal parallel market early on Monday. There, the dollar traded at around £ 16,500, while it was over £ 22,000 during a government impasse.

In Lebanon’s political system, the prime minister’s post must be held by Sunni Muslims, and the president is held by Maronite Christians.

Western governments are pressing Lebanon to form a government that can undertake reforms of corrupt and injured nations. They threatened to impose sanctions and said financial support would not flow before the reforms began.

Laila Bassam and Maha El Dahan