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 rejects confiscation of PM-designate’s powers
Monday, Nov 12, 2018

NNA - Former Premier Najib Mikati on Monday maintained that according the Constitution, it is up to Prime Minister-designate, Saad Hariri, to select the members of the new government, calling to cease dwelling on the so-called Sunni and Shia hurdle.

"The government will be formed sooner or later," Mikati said in remarks to reporters at the Parliament.

"I respect everybody's demands, including those of the Consultative Gathering of Sunni MPs," he underscored.

"The constitutional right to form the government is that of the PM-designate in consultation with the President of the republic," he explained.

"I am against the confiscation of the PM-designate's powers," he underlined.

Commenting on Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's fresh speech, Mikati said: "Sayyed Nasrallah has put on a political gown. In his speech, he expressed his political opinion and we respect his opinion and the opinions of others."

"The country is in danger, and we must all go beyond everything else in order to form the government," he added, highlighting the necessity of calm rhetoric and self-restraint.

In response to a question, Mikati indicated that his bloc had demanded to be represented in the government during the legislative consultation with the PM-designate, but that they hadn't been contacted in that respect ever since.

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