Lebanon finally has a government!

After more than a year of political turmoil and instability, Lebanon finally has a government with Najib Mikati, a billionaire telecommunications tycoon, as the prime minister. The cabinet was announced by the Lebanese presidency on Twitter after the time of Friday prayers. The presidency added that Mikati agreed to make the government official by signing a decree in the presence of the parliament speaker, Nabih Berri at the Baabda presidential palace. 

The immediate task of the government is to avert the economic collapse as the local currency, the Lebanese pound, has lost more than 90 percent of its value against the dollar. Most international promises of financial assistance is contingent upon reforms, fighting corruption and increasing transparency. It is not yet clear what steps Mikati and his cabinet will be taking to save Lebanon from the current chaos.. 

“The situation is very difficult. But it’s not impossible if we unite as Lebanese. We have to put our hands together,” Mikati told the press on Friday. “We are all going to work together, united with hope and determination.”

The lineup of the 24 member government includes newcomers such as Finance Minister Yousef Khalil, a senior Central Bank official, and Health Minister Firas Abiad, who came to prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic. Others are key figures well-known amongst the Lebanese society. 

Mikati was the third person tasked with forming a government. 

The Lebanese local media described the moment as dramatic comparing the sentiment to that of the Papal elections in the Vatican. 

 

Source: commonspace.eu with New York Times (New York), Al Jazeera (Doha) and Annahar (Beirut). 
Picture: Lebanon’s prime minister Najib Mikati at Baabda presidential palace on Friday afternoon; source: Annahar. 

 

 

Related articles

Editor's choice
News
Borrell tells the European Parliament that the situation in Afghanistan was critical, but the EU will remain engaged

Borrell tells the European Parliament that the situation in Afghanistan was critical, but the EU will remain engaged

Borrell underlined that the European Union will make every effort to support the peace process and to remain a committed partner to the Afghan people. "Of course, we will have to take into account the evolving situation, but disengagement is not an option.  We are clear on that: there is no alternative to a negotiated political settlement, through inclusive peace talks.
Editor's choice
News
Historic Lviv hosts meeting between Zelensky, Erdogan and Gutteres

Historic Lviv hosts meeting between Zelensky, Erdogan and Gutteres

(This story will be updated throughout the day.) Turkey's president Recip Tayip Erdogan met with president Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine in Lviv on Thursday afternoon. The meeting took place at Pottsky Palace and started at 1440 local time. As Ukraine's war with Russia rages on, Turkey became an important intermediary helping to facilitate a deal allowing the export of Ukrainian grains and agricultural products through the Black Sea and the world markets. The deal negotiated by Turkey with Russia was also endorsed by the United Nations, which became a signatory to the arrangement. This will be Erdogan's first visit to Ukraine since the war broke out. Erdogan has tried hard to arrange a summit between himself, Zelensky and Russian president Vladimir Putin, but the Russians keep saying it is not yet time. During his visit, Erdogan will also attend a trilateral summit with the participation of Zelensky and Guterres. The trilateral summit will focus on potential steps aimed at increasingly maintaining the activities of the mechanism formed to export the Ukrainian grain to world markets and ending the Ukraine-Russia war through diplomatic avenues.

Popular

Editor's choice
News
Historic Lviv hosts meeting between Zelensky, Erdogan and Gutteres

Historic Lviv hosts meeting between Zelensky, Erdogan and Gutteres

(This story will be updated throughout the day.) Turkey's president Recip Tayip Erdogan met with president Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine in Lviv on Thursday afternoon. The meeting took place at Pottsky Palace and started at 1440 local time. As Ukraine's war with Russia rages on, Turkey became an important intermediary helping to facilitate a deal allowing the export of Ukrainian grains and agricultural products through the Black Sea and the world markets. The deal negotiated by Turkey with Russia was also endorsed by the United Nations, which became a signatory to the arrangement. This will be Erdogan's first visit to Ukraine since the war broke out. Erdogan has tried hard to arrange a summit between himself, Zelensky and Russian president Vladimir Putin, but the Russians keep saying it is not yet time. During his visit, Erdogan will also attend a trilateral summit with the participation of Zelensky and Guterres. The trilateral summit will focus on potential steps aimed at increasingly maintaining the activities of the mechanism formed to export the Ukrainian grain to world markets and ending the Ukraine-Russia war through diplomatic avenues.