“I have external guarantees”… Najib Mikati’s first words after he was named prime minister-designate in Lebanon


Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Lebanese Prime Minister-designate, Najib Mikati, confirmed that he has the required external guarantees to prevent the economic crisis from worsening in Lebanon, after obtaining 72 parliamentary votes that were sufficient to assign him to form a government.

After a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace, Mikati told reporters: “I need the confidence of the people. We are in a very difficult situation, but the mission will succeed if we stand hand in hand.” He added, “I alone do not have the magic wand.”

The Prime Minister-designate added, “I am reassured because if I had not had the required external guarantees, I would not have taken this matter,” and added: “I am confident in the formation of the government in cooperation with the president and its mission to implement the French initiative,” he said.

The binding parliamentary consultations resulted in assigning Mikati to form the government after he obtained 72 votes, while 42 deputies refused to vote for one and one for another politician.

The main political parties in Lebanon supported assigning the Lebanese businessman the task of forming a government, including the Future Movement, Hezbollah and the Amal Movement, while he did not receive the support of the Free Patriotic Movement, headed by Gibran Bassil, and the Lebanese Forces Party, headed by Samir Geagea.

Mikati served as prime minister in 2005 and held the same position between 2011 and 2013.


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