Beirut: «The Gulf»
Yesterday, Monday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun commissioned former Prime Minister Najib Mikati to form the new government, after he won 72 votes out of 118 deputies in Parliament during parliamentary consultations, while Mikati, who is prime minister for the third time, confirmed that he accepted the assignment due to the presence of International agreement to assign him, noting that in cooperation with Aoun, he will form the required government, at a time when Aoun affirmed Lebanon’s desire to extend the UNIFIL forces without any modification in many tasks, in conjunction with the continuation of protests, sit-ins, and roadblocks; due to the loss of mazut.
A tripartite meeting was held between the three presidencies, which includes, in addition to Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati at the Republican Palace. After the meeting, Mikati said in a statement: “President Aoun informed me of the result of the binding parliamentary consultations, and I was assigned to form the new government, and this matter obtained the required international consensus, thanking Aoun, and all the representatives who named me and those who did not name me, wishing for cooperation to find the required solutions.
Mikati explained: I want the confidence of the people, the confidence of every man and woman, every young man and woman. He said: I do not have a magic wand, and I cannot do miracles, indicating that the task is difficult, but we will succeed if all our efforts combine without bickering, polemics and mutual accusations. He continued: I made my decision to undertake this task in order to avoid the spread of the fire that we are living in, and in cooperation with President Aoun, we will form the required government that will implement the French initiative in the interest of Lebanon and the Lebanese economy, in order to save the country from collapse.
For its part, the General Secretariat of the House of Representatives announced that, with reference to the statement issued by the General Directorate of the Presidency of the Republic assigning Najib Mikati to form the government, the composition consultations will take place in the House of Representatives, starting from eleven thirty today, Tuesday.
On the other hand, before a delegation from the French Senate, Aoun reiterated support for the French initiative, and thanked President Emmanuel Macron for the support, especially after the explosion of the port of Beirut, and the conference that will be held on August 4 next.
Extension of “UNIFIL”
Aoun told the UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Pierre Lacroix, during his meeting with him yesterday, Monday, that Lebanon wants to extend the international forces operating in the south without any modification in many of their tasks, as this is beneficial to maintaining security and stability in the south, expressing He expressed his satisfaction at the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly of the UNIFIL budget on June 30, noting that despite the tensions surrounding the region, the southern borders have been enjoying stability since the July 2006 war, noting the existing cooperation between the Lebanese army and UNIFIL.” Lacroix had conveyed to President Aoun the greetings of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and his affirmation that the United Nations will always stand by Lebanon and that UNIFIL’s work will continue with the implementation of Resolution 1701, noting the existing cooperation between the Lebanese army and the international forces.
The protests continue
Meanwhile, protests, sit-ins and roadblocks continued, with the living crisis exacerbated amid the ongoing economic collapse; As protesters blocked roads in Beirut and a number of Lebanese regions, protesting against the loss of diesel fuel, including the Beirut-Damascus road in Dahr al-Baydar.
The protesters also blocked many roads in the north and the Bekaa, and bus drivers operating on the Beirut-Tripoli-Akkar line carried out a warning sit-in at the southern entrance to Tripoli, and threatened to cut off the main roads and highways completely if the diesel crisis continued to escalate and affect their families’ livelihood.
The owners of private electric generators staged a sit-in in front of Tripoli’s oil facilities in Al-Badawi, to demand that they deliver diesel fuel, so that they can operate their generators, which suffer from a severe shortage of the substance. In the south, bus and truck owners cut off the Al-Zahrani Roundabout Road, near the facilities, due to the loss of diesel and gasoline.