Najib Mikati: Billionaire businessman Najib Mikati has been appointed as Lebanon’s new prime minister-designate following binding parliamentary consultations with President Michel Aoun.
- Mikati ran virtually unopposed, receiving 72 votes, with former ambassador Nawaf Salam receiving just one vote.
- He faced opposition from the country’s two Christian parties, the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces.
- His appointment comes just 11 days after Saad Hariri resigned as prime minister-designate, following nine months of political deadlock and dispute with President Aoun and his son-in-law MP Gebran Bassil.
- Lebanon’s economy is still crumbling with half the population living below the poverty line and a spiraling local currency that lost more than 90% of its value.
- The country has also been without a full-fledged government for almost one year.
- It is struggling to reform its economy to unlock international aid.
- Lebanon, officially known as the Republic of Lebanon, is a country in Western Asia.
- It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south, while Cyprus lies west across the Mediterranean Sea.
- It is situated by the Lebanon Mountains and has taken on a triangular shape.
- It is largely influenced by its situation between and atop two hills: Al-Musaytibah and Al-Ashrafieh.
- The capital of Lebanon is Beirut.
- The currency used here is the Lebanese pound.
- The current President of Lebanon is Michel Aoun.