Lebanon’s caretaker PM calls to expedite selection of new PM

Beirut: Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati called on all political parties to expedite the selection of a new premier who can form a new cabinet capable of dealing with Lebanon’s steep crisis.

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Lebanon does not have the luxury of time to address its problems, he said at the event, adding any delay in addressing the country’s crisis will cost the Lebanese more in the future, reports Xinhua news agency.

Mikati said he had no objections to being appointed as Prime Minister to form a new cabinet as “he has never hesitated to take responsibility and serve the country, especially in critical and dangerous stages”.

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The caretaker government was considered to have resigned with the start of the mandate of the newly elected Parliament on May 22.

Members of the new Parliament will nominate a Sunni candidate for the premiership after consultations with the President.

The nomination of a new Prime Minister-designate comes at a time when Lebanon is fighting an uphill battle to address its severe financial crisis.

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