Aoun nominates Mikati as Lebanon’s PMdesignate

BEIRUT — Lebanese President Michel Aoun has appointed top businessman Najib Mikati as the county’s prime ministerdesignate after the latter secured enough votes in parliamentary consultations on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Mikati, who does not belong to a political bloc or dynast, met the Lebanese president Baabda palace after receiving 72 votes out of a total of 118 members of parliament.

A total of 42 lawmakers abstained from naming any candidate, while one nominated Nawaf Salam, and 3 were absent.

The new PMdesignate now faces major challenges to secure an agreement among diverse political groups on a Cabinet to address the country’s financial meltdown. — Agencies

Source: Saudi Gazette

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