Lebanon’s new Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati today said he would work to form a government and implement a French plan to save the country from its crippling financial crisis, Reuters reported.“I don’t have a magic wand and can’t perform miracles… but I have studied the situation for a while and have international guarantees,” Mikati said after he won a majority of votes in parliamentary consultations to be nominated.
France’s plan includes a government of specialists capable of initiating enough reforms to attract foreign aid.
Mikati received 73 votes out of 118 members of parliament and was appointed the country’s new prime minister-designate.
His predecessor, Saad Hariri, stepped down earlier this month after failing to form a government for months. He had been in deadlock with President Michael Aoun over his choice of ministers.