Najib Mikati, Lebanese Prime Minister-designate: A consensus candidate “does not have a magic wand” to solve the Lebanese impasse


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Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati

The President of the Lebanese Republic, General Michel Aoun, on Monday commissioned the wealthy politician and businessman Najib Mikati, to form a new government after parliamentary support and consultations.

Parliament approved, by 72 votes, to assign Mikati to head and form the government, once again, after Saad Hariri and Mustafa Adib were unable to do so.

Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati, 65, said, “He does not have a magic wand,” adding that he is counting on concerted efforts to succeed in the task of “extinguishing the expanding fire in Lebanon,” as he described it.

The appointment of Mikati, the wealthy communications magnate, came after nine months of political stalemate between President Aoun and the leader of the Future Movement, Saad Hariri.


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