Mikati: It is not permissible to dictate conditions on PM-designate under slogan of quotas

NNA - Former PM Najib Mikati said that the Lebanese constitution, which emanates from the Taif Accord, stipulates that the process of forming the government be carried out in exclusive coordination between the Prime Minister-designaand the President of te the Republic. "So, there cannot be any interference in this process."

"Given the  fact that every political party's right to request participation in the government, especially if it were a national unity government, no one should, however, dictate terms on the PM-designate under the slogan of quotas and shares for this or that party," he told his visitors.

"We are neither in a ruling crisis nor in a regime crisis. What we are witnessing today are attempts to circumvent the Constitution and the Taif agreement, under different connotations," Mikati said, stressing the need to return back to the basis, thus “to the Taif Agreement which remains the one stable solution to the problems we are suffering."

In response to a question on the economic and monetary situations, he said: "There must be a distinction, in this framework, between the monetary situation and the problems related to the budget. First of all, there is no monetary problem, especially as the monetary action is part of a long-term program adopted by the Central Bank so as to preserve the monetary situation and Lebanon's reputation and credibility abroad."

"The real problem that Lebanon suffers is its budget, its accumulated deficit, its fiscal policy, and its inefficient financial spending. It is the duty of all politicians to cooperate so as to put an end to these problems, stop useless expenditures, and adopt serious accountability measures," the former PM argued.

It is not too late to start addressing the economic reality, especially if we genuinely let reform come before interests," he assured.

Separately, Mikati welcomed at his residence in Tripoli the United Arab Emirates Ambassador, Hamad Al-Shamsi, who said that "the visit is a friendly one to the brUnitedother and friend of UAE, PM Mikati with whom communication channels are constantly open."

"We wish Lebanon success and the formation of a government in the near future. This visit falls within the activities organized by the UAE Embassy at the Safadi Complex, where there are sports competitions taking place. Our aim, in this context, is to keep the younger generation aloof from extremism ideologies. These activities will extend to the year 2019," the diplomat said.

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Mikati touts Charbel’s law draft as best possible for Taef
Friday, Feb 10, 2017

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.

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