NNA - Former PM Najib Mikati hoped that the electoral law drafted by former Minister Marwan Charbel would be proposed as "such law is not idealistc, but the best possible within the trend of Taef Accord and its complete implementation, especially concerning the formation of a council for senates."Former PM Mikati's stance came Friday in the context of a press conference.He defended Charbel's law draft as based on proportionality which was something positive to serve a fair popular representation especially for confessional and political minorities, not to mention that it ensures six parliamentary seats for Lebanese emigrants.He underscored, "This law [Charbel's] is the most appropriate if we want a solution, not crisis...I think that remarks would be put by the wisdom of Speaker Nabih Berri, who, for his part, fragments the draft in a way suiting all local sides. I address all politicians to focus their aim on serving Lebanon's interest."Mikati announced that he was setting his own electoral list in Tripoli with persons he already agreed with in this regard.
NNA - Former Prime Minister MP Najib Mikati maintained on Tuesday that what was happening in Syria would take a major toll on Lebanon on all the political, economic, social, and security levels, renewing calls for the much-sought political solution in the war-torn country."Every conflict that lasts too long turn into a burden; here, settlement is the best exit, as our conflicts in the region have no horizon," Mikati told at the opening session of the International Cooperation Platform held in Istanbul under the chairmanship of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan."Owing to its pluralism, Lebanon is in turn capable of assuming a positive role, provided that it respect regional balance and avoid implications in the policy of axes and alliances," he said.
NNA - Prime Minister Designate, Saad Hariri, met on Thursday with former PM Najib Mikati at his Beirut residence in the framework of consultations Hariri is carrying out with all former Premiers.
Hariri told the press following the meeting that despite the challenges facing the new era, he remained optimistic that the new administration would succeed.
"I have full confidence in President Michel Aoun, and that together we will walk this path," said Hariri, "we see that the country needs constant work, and God willing forming the Cabinet will happen quickly."
Hariri also thanked Mikati for his advice and support, asserting that everyone must cooperate in order to fend off the dangers facing Lebanon.
"We will be together always."
Mikati, in turn, said that since it was Hariri's will to do this difficult job, then he wished him luck.
"There are many responsibilities, commitments and major challenges facing Lebanon...during the meeting I expressed my opinion on all those matters," said Mikati, noting that he would not attend tomorrow's House deliberations.
"We spoke about the formation of a new Cabinet and the objectives required of it from the public budget to a new electoral law."
Mikati also asked Hariri to form a team to look into the cases of detained prisoners held over the incidents in Tripoli.
"Regardless of who is designated as Prime Minister, I will stand by him, because it is pivotal during these trying times that we unite together."
NNA - Former Premier Najib Mikati met at his Beirut residence with Saudi envoy, State Minister for Arabian Gulf Affairs, Thamer Al-Sabhan, accompanied by the Saudi Embassy's Charge d'Affaires, Walid Al-Bukhari, with talks touching on the latest political developments and ways to boost ties.In the wake of the meeting, Mikati delivered a word in which he said "I sensed in his Excellency the Kingdom's unyielding commitment to Lebanon.""We tackled the presidential dossier. His Excellency stressed that the Kingdom cares for Lebanon's stability and supports whatever the Lebanese are unified over," he said.Asked whether Saudi Arabia supports the option of the election to be Monday, he said "The kingdom does not interfere in this matter, but talks about the situation in general, and it is the same for it, whoever the president of the republic is."