Lebanon's PM-designate Mikati hopes to form government soon

Lebanon's PM-designate Mikati hopes to form government soon
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“God willing ... we will be able to form a government soon," said Lebanon's PM-designate Najib Mikati on July 28.
Mikati is one of the richest men in Lebanon and was endorsed by most of the country's political parties including Hezbollah and the Amal Movement [Getty]

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati said on Wednesday that he hoped to form a government shortly after securing the approval of President Michel Aoun for most of his nominees. 

Mikati, a businessman, is the third potential prime minister to be nominated since Hassan Diab's government resigned after an explosion in Beirut's port area on August 4 last year. The blast killed more than 200 people and flattened large areas of the city.  

Diab's government has stayed on in a caretaker capacity, but Lebanon's currency has collapsed, jobs have vanished and banks have frozen accounts in the country's worst crisis since the 1975-90 civil war. 

"I gave my proposals, President Aoun approved most of them and he made some remarks which are acceptable; God willing ... we will be able to form a government soon," Mikati said. 

Mikati has been prime minister twice before and, unlike many Lebanese leaders, does not represent a political bloc or hail from a dynasty. 

Like the previous nominee, Saad al-Hariri, he must navigate the sectarian, power-sharing structure and secure agreement on a cabinet equipped to address the financial meltdown in Lebanon, one of the world's most heavily indebted states 

MENA
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