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, Kubiš tackle overall situation
Monday, Mar 04, 2019

NNA - Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, on Monday received in his office the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Ján Kubiš, with whom he and discussed the prevailing situation in Lebanon.

On emerging, Kubiš described his meeting with Mikati as "fruitful" deeming Mikati as one of the figures who have drawn the history of Lebanon in many aspects, and a part of the Lebanese political spectrum, which contributed to shouldering responsibilities and seeking solutions to protect this country.

Mikati, in turn, hailed the efforts of the UN through UNIFIL forces in preserving stability in south Lebanon, wishing Kubiš success in his mission.

Mikati also expressed concern about the increasing reports of Israel's attempts to infringe the oil wealth in the Lebanese territorial waters, saying Lebanon counts on the role of the United Nations in halting these violations and preserving Lebanon's right to its wealth and territorial integrity.

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