Beirut: Recently re-elected Prime Minister of Lebanon-nominated Najib Mikati has called on Lebanon to put aside their differences and put the country on the path of reform.
Mr Mikati, who is currently in charge of day-to-day business, was appointed prime minister by President Michel Aoun on Thursday, following parliamentary consultations.
The billionaire, who has already held the position three times, got the support of 54 deputations out of 128.
However, if it fails to form a new government in the four months prior to the expiration of Michel Aun’s mandate on 31 October, no executive decision can be taken during this period.
In addition, 25 MPs nominated Nawaf Salam, Lebanon’s former ambassador to the United Nations and currently Judge at the International Court of Justice, while one MP named Jihad al-Samad, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, saying that “Hariri is the main Representatives of the Sunni community in Lebanon”.
The 46 deputies, including Christians affiliated with the Lebanese Forces (FL) and the Free Patriotic Movement (CPL), as well as some reformist deputies, did not name anyone.
Mikati is expected to hold a non-binding parliamentary consultation by Monday or Tuesday to hear the views of lawmakers and whether the new government will be a government of national unity.
After binding parliamentary consultations, several MPs reiterated the importance of forming a government.
“I would like MPs to stop saying that there will be no government before the presidential election. The country cannot wait and the people cannot wait, neither can the economy or the national currency. Lebanon cannot stay in this situation for another four months,” said MP Sami Gemayel, leader of the Lebanese Kataab party.
Calling for the forces of change to unite to form an opposition party, opposition MP Michel Moawad said: “The dispersion of the opposition is a major obstacle to our ability to achieve change.”
“Our responsibility as the opposition is collective and we must agree on important steps, otherwise we will take responsibility for what is happening in the country.”
Hezbollah did not state its position on its participation in the government, but appointed Mikati to form it.
“The current phase is different from the previous phase as far as government formation is concerned. Last time, we had Mr. Mikati and participated in his government, but today we have a different view. We called for consolidation of the political position of the opposition, but no one answered our call. The majority remains divided”, explained Deputy Bilal Abdullah, a member of the parliamentary bloc Democratic Rally, to arab news,
Mr Abdullah recalled that the CPL had refused to nominate Najib Mikati last time, but insisted on electing all Christian ministers to his government.
“Will it happen again this time? It will be even more impossible to meet the demands of this political party if it wants to disrupt the presidential election. We have become so used to seeing this party disrupting political life that we believe Can’t do that it wants to hold presidential elections on time. He always obstructs the government to get his way. Unrest is his middle name.”
In addition, the CPL continues its campaign against Riyadh Salam, calling for a change of governor of the central bank before the end of President Aun’s term.
Controversial Lebanese judge and Mount Lebanon’s attorney general, Ghada Aun, has filed a new lawsuit against Mr Salame, four former vice presidents of Banque du Liban, Alain Bifani, a former director of the Ministry of Finance, and several others. Central bank employees. The lawsuit was brought against Mr Salame following a complaint filed by the group “The People Want the Reformation” and which also revealed involvement in illegal enrichment, money laundering, falsification, forgery and fraud in the investigation. .
Gada Aun, who is affiliated with the CPL, took the matter to Mount Lebanon’s first investigative judge, demanded the arrest of the central bank governor and others, and sent them to the Criminal Court of Mount Lebanon. -Lebanon, sanctions issued against Mr. Salam while maintaining travel.
Prior to this, Ms Aun had personally supervised a search of Riyadh Salame’s villa in the Rabih area. State security agents searched the house and opened the safes, only to find that the property had been abandoned and that the safes contained only a few papers, which had been confiscated.
This text is a translation of an article published on Arabnews.com
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