23/6/2022–|Last update: 23/6/202202:16 PM (Mecca)
Today, Thursday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun began binding parliamentary consultations with parliamentary blocs and independent deputies to assign a new president to form a government. At the conclusion of the consultations, Aoun will issue a decree on behalf of the person charged with forming the government.
Consultations began at ten in the morning Thursday and continue until the afternoon.
Several parliamentary blocs, including the Lebanese Hezbollah bloc, announced the nomination of current Prime Minister Najib Mikati to take over the position of prime minister, while the Progressive Socialist Party and the Kataeb Party named Lebanon’s former ambassador to the United Nations, Judge Nawaf Salam. On the other hand, the Lebanese Forces bloc decided not to name anyone to form the expected government.
After his meeting with President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Palace, Muhammad Raad, head of Hezbollah’s parliamentary bloc, said that Lebanon today needs an effective government, considering that in crises the national interest requires providing opportunities to form a government that faces dues.
For his part, the head of the Democratic Gathering bloc in the Lebanese parliament, Taymour Jumblatt, announced the nomination of the bloc’s former ambassador, Nawaf Salam, to the post of prime minister of the next government.
Jumblatt hoped that the officials would facilitate the formation of the government, stressing that his bloc would not participate in the government.
In the parliamentary elections that took place last May, “Hezbollah” – which is the most prominent political force in the country that possesses a huge military arsenal – along with its allies lost the parliamentary majority.
Parliament has become divided into several camps, and none of them has a majority, which has raised fears of possible political paralysis that may lead to further delays in the reforms needed to get the country out of its devastating economic crisis.