After more than a year of emptiness, the Lebanese government sees the light

The new Lebanese government was born on Friday, after more than a year of emptiness. According to news from Beirut, on Friday that President Michel Aoun ePrime Minister Designate Najib Mikati They signed a decree to form the new government, in the presence of the Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri.

The Lebanese presidency said in a statement that Prime Minister-designate Mikati and President Aoun signed a decree to form a new government in the presence of the Speaker of Parliament.

There has been no effective government for more than a year in Lebanon, in one moment in which the country is witnessing the worsening of the collapse of the economic situation.

Mikati announced after the formation of the new Lebanese government, during a press conference, and said: We need the Arab world .. We belong to the Arab world and we need it .. We will knock on the door of every Arab country for help.

Mikati added saying that “there is no place for the unemployed in the Lebanese government, and for those who do, we take responsibility and hope to stop the collapse that Lebanon is witnessing”, stressing that “the new Lebanese government represents everyone. “, adding:” I have two thirds of the government and there are no obstacles to it, “and he pledged to hold parliamentary elections.

After more than a year of emptiness, the Lebanese government sees the light

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According to the media Lebanese, the government is composed of:

Najib Mikati, Prime Minister

– His Excellency Al-Shami, Deputy Prime Minister

Abdallah Bou Habib, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Walid Fayyad, Minister of Energy and Water

– Bassam Mawlawi, Minister of the Interior

– Amin Salam, Minister of Economy and Trade

– Henri Khoury as Minister of Justice

Youssef Khalil, Minister of Finance

– Firas Al-Abyad as Minister of Health

Ali Himiya, Minister of Public Works and Transport

Abbas Hajj Hassan, minister of agriculture

– Mohamed Mortada, Minister of Culture

– Mustafa Biro, Minister of Labor

Abbas Al-Halabi, Minister of Education

– Issam Sharaf El-Din, Ministry of displaced persons

– Nasser Yassin, Minister of the Environment

– Johnny Corm for the Ministry of Communications

– George Kordahi, Minister of Information

– Brigadier General Maurice Selim of the Ministry of Defense

George Kallas, minister of youth and sports

– George Dabakian, Minister of Industry

Lebanese President Michel Aoun

Lebanese President Michel Aoun

Mikati met with President Aoun, as announced by the Lebanese presidency, in a move that Mikati said was aimed at Announcing the birth of a long-awaited governmentAccording to statements reported by his news site before the meeting.

Lebanon has witnessed a government-wide vacuum after Hassan Diab announced the resignation of his government following the explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4 last year and, as a result, Mustafa Adib was tasked with training the government.

After his apology on September 26, 2020, Saad Hariri was chosen to form the government, but failed for 9 months and announced his apology last July. Mikati, 65, was subsequently assigned to this government.

In recent weeks, a positive climate preceded several meetings that brought Aoun together with Mikati, before obstacles that emerged in the last moments prevented the formation of the government.

This comes more than a year after the resignation of Hassan Diab’s government, days after the horrific explosion of the port of Beirut on August 4, 2020, and disagreements over the sharing of ministerial seats between the main powers.

During this period, the unprecedented economic crisis, characteristics of which began in the summer of 2019, has deepened, with 78% of Lebanese living below the poverty line, according to the United Nations.

Disagreements over the form of the government and the distribution of seats among the major powers have prevented its creation in recent months, despite two previous attempts to form it after the explosion of the port, which killed more than 200 people, injured more than 6,500 and destroyed neighborhoods in the city.

Difficult tasks await the next government, which will quickly reach an agreement with the International Monetary Fund as the first step to get Lebanon out of the prolonged economic crisis.

For more than a year, the international community has tied the provision of any financial support to Lebanon to the formation of a government of specialists committed to implementing radical reforms that would end the accelerated collapse. He contented himself with waiting to provide urgent humanitarian aid, without going through official institutions, despite repeated appeals by the authorities to donors not to link their support to Lebanon with the formation of a government.

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