Prime Minister-designate of Lebanon, recently reappointed Najib Mikati has urged the Lebanese to set aside their differences and start the nation’s rebuilding.
Following mandatory parliamentary deliberations, President Michel Aoun on Thursday designated Mikati the new prime minister-designate. Mikati is now the acting prime minister.
54 of the 128 MPs voted in favor of the millionaire, who has already held the position three times.
But no executive actions will be permitted to be made during the four months before President Michel Aoun’s tenure expires on October 31 if he is unable to assemble a new cabinet.
While one MP, Jihad Al-Samad, identified former premier Saad Hariri, claiming that “Hariri is the main representative of the Sunni community in Lebanon,” 25 MPs designated Nawaf Salam, a former Lebanese ambassador to the UN who is currently a judge at the International Court of Justice.
46 lawmakers, including some reform-minded lawmakers and Christian lawmakers connected to the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement, opted not to name anyone.
By Monday or Tuesday, Mikati is anticipated to hold non-binding parliamentary consultations to get the thoughts of MPs and determine whether the new administration would be a government of national unity.
Many MPs emphasized the significance of creating a government after the legally mandated parliamentary deliberations.
“I wish MPs would stop stating there will be no government before the presidential elections,” stated MP Sami Gemayel, leader of the Lebanese Kataeb Party. The population, the nation, the economy, and the national currency must wait. Four more months of this cannot be tolerated in Lebanon.
“The dispersion of the opposition is a major obstacle to our ability to achieve change,” opposition MP Michel Moawad said in a statement. “We have a collective responsibility in the opposition to agree on the crucial milestones; otherwise, we will bear the responsibility for what is happening in the country.”
Hezbollah chose Mikati to form the cabinet but did not state its position on participation.
“When it comes to creating a government, the current stage is different from the previous ones,” Democratic Gathering MP Bilal Abdallah told Arab News. The last time, we designated Mikati and took part in his administration, but this time, we’re going in a different direction. No one has responded to our request for the opposition’s political stance to be unified. The majority continues to be divided.
According to Abdallah, the FPM insisted on choosing all the Christian ministers in his government rather than designating Mikati the previous time.
Will it occur once more this time? If that political team wants to sabotage the presidential elections, its demands will be even more difficult to fulfill. How can we believe that this team, which we have grown accustomed to witnessing sabotage political activities, actually intends to hold presidential elections on time? To get their way, they have always interfered with government. Their middle name is disruption.
To have the governor of the central bank removed before Aoun’s tenure ends, the FPM is continuing its campaign against Riad Salameh.
In response to a complaint made by the People Want Reform group against Salameh and anyone whom the investigations show to be involved in illegal enrichment, money laundering, forgery, counterfeiting, and fraud, controversial Lebanese judge and Mount Lebanon state prosecutor Ghada Aoun filed another lawsuit against Salameh, his four former deputies, former director-general of the Ministry of Finance Alain Biffany, and several central bank employees.
Aoun, a member of the FPM, forwarded the case to Mount Lebanon’s first investigating judge with the request that Salameh and the others be arrested and brought before the Mount Lebanon Criminal Court while retaining the travel ban imposed on Salameh.
Aoun personally oversaw a raid on Salameh’s house in the Rabieh neighborhood earlier.
When state security agents examined the home and opened safes, they discovered that the property had been abandoned and that the only contents of the safes were a few papers, which they seized.