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Lebanese premier-designate launches talks to form new government

Najib Mikati says all parliamentarians agree on necessity to accelerate process

Stephanie Radi   | 27.07.2021
Lebanese premier-designate launches talks to form new government Lebanon’s president Michel Aoun (C) meets with former Prime Minister Najib Mikati at Baabda Palace in Beirut, Lebanon on July 26, 2021. Lebanon’s president picked Mikati to form a new government. ( Lebanese Presidency - Anadolu Agency )

BEIRUT

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati said Tuesday that parliamentarians have agreed on the necessity to accelerate the forming of a new government.

"I listened, during the consultations, to the parliamentarians' views and their future visions, and there was a consensus on the necessity to accelerate the process of forming a new government," the official Lebanese news agency quoted Mikati in a news conference following parliamentary consultations. "I will inform the President of the Republic Michel Aoun on the results and the bad need to accelerate forming of the government," he said without giving further details.

Mikati confirmed that he will keep presence in the Presidential Palace to consult and contact Aoun to reach a consensus on the process.

On Monday, Mikati received support from 72 parliamentarians of 128, including the backing of the Future Current movement headed by Saad Hariri and support from Hizbollah parliamentarians to head and form a long-awaited government.

Mikati is an MP representing the northern city of Tripoli and he previously headed the government twice in 2005 and 2011.

Earlier this month, Hariri stepped down after failing to reach an agreement with Aoun on forming a new government.

Lebanon has been unable to form a new administration since the resignation of Hassan Diab's cabinet on Aug. 10, 2020, six days after a massive blast hit the Port of Beirut.

The Arab country is facing a severe economic crisis, with the local currency losing nearly all of its value against the dollar, with streets witnessing massive protests and rallies.

*Ahmed Asmar contributed to this report from Ankara

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