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Najib Mikati appointed as new Lebanon’s prime minister

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Najib Mikati

Najib Mikati: Billionaire businessman Najib Mikati has been appointed as Lebanon’s new prime minister-designate following binding parliamentary consultations with President Michel Aoun.

Key Highlights:

  • 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 Crisis:

  • 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.

About Lebanon:

  • 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.

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