Politics, Middle East

Lebanon’s Mikati hands gov't lineup to president

Najib Mikati headed last Lebanese government in September 2019

Wassim Seif El Din   | 29.06.2022
Lebanon’s Mikati hands gov't lineup to president

BEIRUT, Lebanon

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati said Wednesday he handed his government formation to the country's President Michel Aoun.

"I have handed President Aoun the cabinet line-up that I see fit," Mikati told reporters following his meeting with Aoun.

On Tuesday, Mikati concluded his parliamentary consultations with lawmakers regarding the formation of the upcoming government.

The premier-designate voiced hope that he could form a government “that can carry out its duty and deals with the issues of border demarcation with Israel, talks with the International Monetary Fund and deals with the electricity linkage with Egypt, Syria and Jordan.”

Mikati headed the last Lebanese government in September 2021 after a vacuum of 13 months. His government, however, turned into a caretaker capacity in May following the Lebanese parliamentary elections.

Since late 2019, Lebanon has been grappling with a severe economic crisis, including a massive currency depreciation as well as fuel and medical shortages.

Writing by Ahmed Asmar

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