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Lebanon PM: New gov't to be formed in 'near future'

Former Prime Minister Najib Mikati speaks to press after his meeting with Lebanon’s president Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace in Beirut, Lebanon on July 26, 2021 [Lebanese Presidency/Anadolu Agency]
Prime Minister Najib Mikati speaks to press after his meeting with Lebanon’s president Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace in Beirut, Lebanon on July 26, 2021 [Lebanese Presidency/Anadolu Agency]

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati today said that he hoped to form a government in the "near future", Reuters reports.

Mikati, a businessman, is the third person to be nominated since Hassan Diab's government resigned after an explosion in Beirut's port area on Aug. 4 last year that killed more than 200 people and flattened large areas of the city. He spoke to reporters after meeting President Michel Aoun.

Diab's government has stayed on in a caretaker capacity since then, but Lebanon's currency has collapsed, jobs have vanished and banks have frozen accounts in the country's worst crisis since the 1975-90 civil war.

Mikati has held consultations with political parties that he said "unanimously" agreed on the need to put together a government quickly to rescue the crisis-hit country.

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