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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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