Mikati from Baabda: Independent Center Bloc did not nominate anyone to head government

NNA - Former PM Najib Mikati announced, after meeting President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, that his bloc, the Independent Center, did not name anyone as head of government.

Mikati said after the meeting: "Finally, the binding consultations, that we were calling for, took place and during the fifty-day period we noticed how things developed as each day of delay cost a great deal on the economy and social conditions of all Lebanese. In the Independent Central Bloc, which will soon participate in the consultations, we discussed this morning the issue of naming and set standards for the Prime Minister who is ready and who has expressed his willingness to take on this difficult task. And the criteria are the capabilities of this person, his attendance, and his representative capacity. Frankly, despite my personal respect for the two subjects, we did not find anyone with these specifications, and therefore we did not name anyone and veiled the designation".

Replying to a question Mikati said "With all my respect for people and my friendship with them, in this period we need an exceptional person with an exceptional team. I do not want to frustrate the hopes of the Lebanese, but I have doubts that none of the parties can take over at this stage".

"We are not talking about the Sunni or Christian cover, and I remind you that Prime Minister Hariri asked to delay consultations because the Lebanese forces and the Free Patriotic Movement refused to name him, and therefore this matter should be a message that we are not satisfied with the name that landed by parachute" Mikati stated.
Replying to another question the Former PM stated "It is the path of things which determines the name, and if the designation is all of one color, then it will be a Government of one color. As for the comparison between the conditions for forming my Government and the current conditions, it is not suitable, because the situation is much more difficult, and I remind you that I spoke about capabilities, attendance and representation. You must compare to know how the conditions are different".

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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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