Najib Mikati, the Lebanese prime minister-designate, announced on Wednesday that he has submitted his government formation to the country’s president, Michel Aoun.
Mikati told reporters following his meeting with Aoun, “I have handed President Aoun the cabinet lineup that I see appropriate.”
Mikati ended his meetings with legislators regarding the formation of the incoming administration on Tuesday.
The prime minister-designate expressed optimism that he would be able to create a cabinet “capable of carrying out its duties and addressing the issues of boundary delineation with Israel, discussions with the International Monetary Fund, and the electrical linkages with Egypt, Syria, and Jordan.”
Mikati led the final Lebanese cabinet in September 2021, following a 13-month void. In May, however, following the Lebanese parliamentary elections, his government reverted to a caretaker one.
Since late 2019, Lebanon has faced a serious economic crisis, including a huge currency depreciation and fuel and medical shortages.