“Basil surprises Hezbollah” .. “Arabi Post” reveals the scenes of the last hours of the assignment

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The “Arabi Post” website published an article under the title: “Basil surprises Hezbollah about appointing Najib Mikati…behind the scenes in the last hours of naming the Lebanese prime minister.”The article stated: “Lebanon returns again, the crisis of choosing a new designated prime minister, this time the more fortunate name is former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who returned to Beirut on Saturday evening after a month-long trip outside the country between the United States of America, Britain and France, the last of which was In Greece, to begin his meetings with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, former prime ministers Saad Hariri, Fouad Siniora and Tammam Salam, and head of the Progressive Socialist Party Walid Jumblatt.

The article added, “While Mikati will hold a meeting in the French capital, Paris, with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, it may bear decisive features in terms of Hariri’s and the Future Bloc’s position on naming Mikati or remaining on the non-naming option that Hariri announced a few days ago, but insiders confirm that Mikati appears to be the likely choice for Hariri. At this stage”.

He continued, “According to the diplomatic sources of the Arab Post, France is the most supportive country for the formation of a government headed by Mikati, whose realistic tasks are summarized in managing the upcoming parliamentary elections in April 2022 under international supervision, stopping the economic collapse, and directing contact with the International Monetary Fund and its serious negotiations, And also benefit from the $900 million allocated by the World Bank to the poorest families, which the caretaker government, headed by Hassan Diab, refuses to directly distribute as financing cards.The article pointed out that, “According to the European diplomatic source, Paris wants to cut off the path to any security and social chaos that Lebanon may fall into during the next stage, and considers that Najib Mikati is a point of intersection in this stormy stage, especially since he is famous for heading crisis governments in 2005 after the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, and 2011 after the overthrow of the Hariri government in conjunction with the Arab Spring revolutions in which Lebanon was present.

And he added, “Political sources close to Hezbollah confirm to the Arab Post that the party, far from its initial position on Najib Mikati and his recent experience in the government, but it made its choice, along with its ally President Berri, to name Najib Mikati, and this was informed to his other ally, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement. Representative Gibran Bassil in a meeting with the head of Hezbollah’s Liaison and Coordination Unit, Haj Wafic Safa, at Baabda Palace, but Bassil informed the party that he was not enthusiastic about Mikati’s person and that he was not bound by the party’s choice.

The article pointed out that “according to the source, since Tuesday evening, Hezbollah has been intensifying contacts with its allies to facilitate the task of assigning Mikati, in coordination with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, despite the Free Patriotic Movement’s lack of enthusiasm for this option and its leakage of news of its intention to nominate Ambassador Nawaf Salam.” .

He continued, “According to followers, Hezbollah’s choice of Mikati without taking into account the Free Patriotic Movement and Gibran Bassil led to the Free Patriotic Movement, in the last hours, announcing its intention to nominate Ambassador Nawaf Salam, announcing that he was “studying” his nomination in parliamentary consultations. This is considered a clear message of alarm to Hezbollah in particular, especially since the party refuses to nominate Nawaf Salam as the official candidate for the US and Saudi administrations.

In the article, the sources of the Progressive Socialist Party confirm to “Arabi Post”, that “party leader Walid Jumblatt told Berri that he would support any candidate chosen by Hariri, and that he did not mind appointing Mikati to lead the next difficult stage, and that he had informed Hariri a year and a half ago, that he Choosing someone else to head the government, because of Saudi Arabia’s opposition to him.” The same applies to the head of the Marada movement, Suleiman Franjieh, who informed Berri that he and his parliamentary bloc would name Najib Mikati; To secure Christian votes by commission, in light of the refusal of both the Free Patriotic Movement and the “Lebanese Forces” to name Nawaf Salam.

The article said: “Sunnily, the former heads of government, in coordination with some independent Sunni representatives, are conducting their consultations away from the media and leaks and away from what Prime Minister Saad Hariri said in his apology for forming the government, days ago, and his refusal not to name anyone, except that the sources of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri She confirmed to “Arabi Post” that Berri managed to persuade Hariri to agree to Mikati.

According to the article, “Presidency sources confirm to Arab Post that President Michel Aoun will cooperate with any president assigned by representatives and will be at the same distance from all political parties. According to these sources, Aoun finds that Mikati is more dynamic than others and is good at rotating.” The angles and finding common points, and the sources confirm that the President of the Republic had met Mikati some time ago and was positive towards him.”

He added, “Externally, France is at the fore in the ongoing contacts to finalize Mikati’s nomination, next Monday evening, without problems or obstacles. According to informed sources, Mikati has been the candidate of the French since the resignation of Hassan Diab’s government after the explosion in the port of Beirut. The latter informed all those he contacted that the new government must be formed before the 4th of next August, or else European sanctions will be imposed, in coordination with the Americans, on a number of Lebanese officials, including the President of the Republic.

And the article continued, “The former Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, during his stay abroad, had conducted a series of meetings and contacts, including the head of the US Intelligence Agency (CIA) William Burns, who informed him that Washington did not object to his assignment in the event of a reform government aimed at stopping the economic collapse.” . The man received a call from the Russian President’s envoy to the Middle East, Mikhail Bogdanov, through which he was briefed on Moscow’s position on his assignment, which was positive and supportive.

He said: “The Saudis did not hide the official “veto” that was placed on Hariri’s assignment and support for the new candidate, and according to those familiar with Mikati’s schedule related to the relationship with the Arab side, if the government is formed quickly, he will visit Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the Sultanate of Oman, in addition to that He will visit Egypt and Turkey to mobilize Arab and regional support for his government.

The article indicated that “according to insiders, it is expected that he will win a parliamentary majority naming him, which may exceed 70 deputies: Hezbollah (14 deputies), the “Development and Liberation” bloc (17 deputies), and the “Future Movement” bloc (19 deputies). The “Marada Movement” bloc (5 deputies), the “Progressive Socialist Party” bloc (7 deputies), the “Syrian Social Nationalist” party bloc (3 deputies), the President Najib Mikati’s bloc (3 deputies), the Armenians’ bloc (3 deputies). ), in addition to Deputy Speaker of Parliament Elie Ferzli, former Prime Minister Tammam Salam, and Representatives: Abdel Rahim Murad, Adnan Traboulsi, Talal Arslan, Jihad Samad, Michel Daher, and Jean Taluzian. The Free Patriotic Movement, the Lebanese Forces, and some independent parliamentarians will vote in favor of former ambassador Nawaf Salam.





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