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.


Mikati says cabinet formation in final stage
Friday, Oct 19, 2018

NNA - The cabinet formation process is currently in its final stage, Former Prime Minister, Najib Mikati told his Tripoli interlocutors on Friday.

"The announcement of the new government is expected within a short period of time," Mikati added.

"What we've been witnessing with regard to the distribution of quotas and portfolios is not but a natural process in the formation any government; however, at the end of the day, the Prime Minister-designate opts for the cabinet line-up draft that he sees fit and discusses it with the President," Mikati maintained.

"Most certainly, the next step, after the announcement of the new government, is agreement over the ministerial statement, which will spark some debate," he anticipated.

"In my conviction, all the political parties are aware of the crucial financial and economic situation, and the need to end sterile arguments and discussions," Mikati said, hoping for swift action towards the implementation of "CEDRE", in line with internal reforms.

As for the representation of his political party in the new cabinet, Mikati said that he had briefed Hariri on his desire to have his political bloc be represented in the new government.

"We have agreed on the proposition of a number of names to be appointed as ministers. This matter is being followed-up and coordinated between both sides amid a very positive atmosphere," Mikati added.

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