In reference to the severe economic crisis that Lebanon has been grappling with for over two years, Najib Mikati, the Prime Minister-designate of Lebanon, stated on Thursday that “opportunities are still available to salvage what can be saved, in the country.” This statement was made in reference to the fact that Lebanon is currently in the process of electing a new Prime Minister.
This was Mikati’s first response after being named by Lebanese President Michel Aoun to form a new government after gaining the necessary votes in parliament, and it occurred during a news conference held at the Presidential Palace.
Mikati said, “We need to be aware that we are facing either a complete collapse or a gradual rescue, and in the past few months we knocked the door of salvation via the agreement with the International Monetary Fund.” In other words, a complete collapse or a gradual rescue are the two possible outcomes for the current situation.
He stated that “although, the deal with the IMF might be altered,” and that “before continuing negotiations with the IMF, we must cooperate with the parliament to enact the essential measures.”
Mikati expressed gratitude not only to those who supported his nomination but also to those who did not.
“This job gives me double confidence, and we must all collaborate to save our country from what it is floundering in,” he added. “We must all work together to save our country from what it is floundering in.”
In addition to this, he issued a plea to all political factions, urging them to take “historic duty to complete the rescue process.”
After a long day of legally binding legislative consultations held at the Presidential Palace in the nation’s capital of Beirut, Mikati was given his assignment, which had been anticipated for several days.
In this arena, Mikati competed against the politician Nawaf Salam, who represented Lebanon as its ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations from July 2007 to December 2017.