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, interlocutors tackle current developments
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2018

NNA - Former Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, received on Tuesday the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Pernille Kardel.

Talks reportedly touched on the current developments in Lebanon and the broad region, on the eve of Kardel's trip to New York to present report to the Security Council on the implementation of International Resolution 1701.

Mikati then met with Romania's Ambassador to Lebanon, Victor Marcia.

On the other hand, Mikati condemned, via his "Twitter" account, the Israeli bombing of Gaza that left a number of martyrs and wounded.

"The Israeli occupation continues its plot to terminate the Palestinian cause and puts its grip on Al-Quds, amidst absolute Arab and international silence," he corroborated.

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