Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Mikati begins work to form new government

BEIRUT — A few days after his appointment, Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati immediately began work, preparing a proposal of the list of ministers who would form his new government and presenting it to President Michel Aoun.

In a statement after meeting with President Aoun on Wednesday, Mikati said he had seen acceptance from Aoun and took his remarks into account, stressing that they were seeking to form a government as soon as possible.

Mikati also made a statement to Bloomberg in which he said Lebanon’s collapse would be a bomb that would shock the entire Middle East. He indicated that he would not be able to end the country’s economic collapse but in his first 100 days in office he would prevent the continued deterioration.

Mikati added that he has the necessary international support from the European Union, particularly from France, noting that he is confident that Washington is open to support as well.

According to Mikati, the next finance minister should be able to communicate with the International Monetary Fund and partners abroad and deal with the central bank.

He said he will personally oversee the government’s financial decisions, based on his experience as a businessman.