Jul 26, 2021 - World

Najib Mikati named Lebanon's prime minister-designate

Najib Mikati

Najib Mikati in Nov. 2016. Photo: Bulent Doruk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Billionaire Najib Mikati was named Lebanon's prime minister-designate on Monday after receiving enough votes from parliamentarians, AP reports.

Why it matters: Mikati will now be tasked with forming a viable government that can pursue immediate reforms for recovery amid the country's devastating economic crisis.

Driving the news: Mikati's appointment comes less than two weeks after Saad Hariri stepped down as prime minister-designate amid months of political deadlock. Hariri cited "key differences" with President Michel Aoun.

  • Lebanon has not had a working government since Hassan Diab's Cabinet resigned days after a deadly explosion last August that killed more than 200 people and left roughly 250,000 homeless.
  • Since then, Diab's government has stayed on in a caretaker capacity, compounding the country's economic and political crises, AP notes.

The big picture: Mikati, who has been prime minister twice before, received the backing of most of Lebanon's political parties.

  • The international community has repeatedly called on the country to form a government that can enact structural economic reforms, per Al Jazeera.

What he's saying: “Alone, I don’t have a magic wand and cannot achieve miracles,” Mikati said, per AP.

  • “We are in very difficult situation ... it is a difficult mission that can only succeed if we all work together.”
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