Today, Monday, attention turns to the Presidential Palace in Lebanon, where President Michel Aoun is holding parliamentary consultations to choose a new prime minister, while recent developments indicate the high chances of former Prime Minister Najib Mikati to take over the task.
These expected parliamentary consultations come after the head of the “Future Movement”, Saad Hariri, apologized for forming the government, more than 8 months after he was assigned the task.
And on Sunday, former prime ministers Fouad Siniora, Tammam Salam, Saad Hariri and Najib Mikati held a meeting at the Center House (Hariri’s headquarters in downtown Beirut), And they decided to support the latter’s assignment to form the next government.
Meeting of former prime ministers in Lebanon
Among the parliamentary blocs that announced that they would nominate Mikati as prime minister, the “Democratic Gathering” bloc loyal to Walid Jumblatt.
Local media also reported that the most prominent parties that tend to nominate Mikati through their parliamentary blocs are the “Future Movement” headed by Hariri, the “Amal Movement” headed by Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, and “Marada” headed by Suleiman Franjieh.
As for the “Strong Republic” bloc represented in Parliament by the Lebanese Forces Party headed by Samir Geagea, he announced on Friday that he would not name anyone in parliamentary consultations, and renewed his demand for early parliamentary elections.
While President Michel Aoun’s Free Patriotic Movement party has not announced its position yet, local media reported that it is heading to nominate Lebanon’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Nawaf Salam, as prime minister.
Also, “Hezbollah” has not announced its position on this yet, while Lebanese media said that the party will not name anyone in the consultations, or it may also move to naming Mikati.
A number of protesters gathered at midnight on Sunday in front of Mikati’s house to express their rejection of his assignment as prime minister.
Hariri during his meeting with Aoun on July 15 before his apology
Protesters said that they reject Mikati as prime minister, as he is one of the symbols of the ruling political system that It led the country to economic collapse.
Mikati is a representative from the city of Tripoli (north), and has previously headed the government in Lebanon twice, the first in 2005 and the second in 2011.
and mid-July, Hariri announced his apology for forming the government After he presented two ministerial formations to Aoun, the latter requested a change in the ministries, which Hariri rejected.
For about 9 months, differences between Aoun and Hariri prevented the formation of a government to succeed the current caretaker government, headed by Hassan Diab, which resigned on August 10, 2020, 6 days after the Beirut port explosion.