To become prime minister, the diplomat has promised reforms in Lebanon since the crisis


A Lebanese diplomat was appointed’ Monday to form a new government after gaining the support of major political parties in the crisis-hit country, which is still reeling from a devastating explosion that killed and injured thousands.

To become prime minister, the diplomat has promised reforms in Lebanon since the crisis


President Michel Aoun called on Lebanon's ambassador to Germany, Mustapha Adib, to form a new government after receiving 90 votes in the 128-member parliament.

The advice comes as French President Emmanuel Macron arrives on a two-day visit, during which he is expected’ to press Lebanese officials to forge a new political deal to pull the country out of a series of crises. The August 4 blast killed at least 190 people and injured 6,000, destroying the city's port and causing extensive damage to residential and commercial areas in the capital.

Less than a week after the blast, the government resigned.

Adib told reporters that his first priority would be to form a government that would soon implement reforms to regain the trust of the Lebanese and international community.

He said he would form a cabinet of experts and work with parliament to move the country forward and eliminate dangerous financial, economic and social drainage.

"Our country has a narrow opportunity, and the mission I have embraced is on all political parties knowingly. A government must be formed’ very soon.

Macron and other world leaders, as well as the International Monetary Fund, have refused to help Lebanon's leaders before bringing about major reforms. The quick consensus around the little-known diplomat, Adib, has led to a sense of urgency on the part of traditional Lebanese politicians to overcome the rapidly growing economic and financial crisis and to show movement before Macron's visit. Indicated.

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with Aoun on Monday, telling reporters that his 18-member bloc had backed the writer. He called for the formation of a government of experts "who have implemented reforms aimed at restoring the world's confidence in our economy so that we can begin to emerge from this crisis."

Writers who returned to Lebanon from Germany on Saturday were the only names to emerge as favorites for the PM's job, according to which Lebanon's sectarian power-sharing system has to be Sunni Muslim. The candidate with the most support is asked’ to form a new cabinet, but Lebanon's divided political class often discusses who holds senior positions and key ministries.

Four former prime ministers, including Hariri, during Monday’s consultation, named the author.

Earlier Sunday, Hassan Nasrallah, head of the Hezbollah militant group, said his supporters would support and facilitate the formation of a government capable of improving the economic situation and bringing about major reforms.

The Iranian-backed militant group, which has a dominant role in Lebanese politics, has come under intense criticism and public scrutiny as the country faces several catastrophic crises. Hezbollah and its allies are also expected’ to name the writer.

Even before the explosion, an unprecedented economic crisis had begun to gain more than 80% of the value of the Lebanese currency, pushing unemployment, poverty and inflation to the brink.

Corona virus infections and deaths have also risen, and authorities have called for the reintroduction of some restrictions on economic and social activities that have largely been ignored’ in the wake of the crisis. And the recent blast severely damaged the port of Beirut, a major trade channel for the small country, which is dependent on imports.

Six days after about 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in a Beirut port, Prime Minister Hassan Deb's government, backed by Hezbollah and its allies, resigned on August 10.

Adib, who has been Lebanon's ambassador to Germany since 2013, served as an adviser to former Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati. He served on Lebanon's new electoral law writing committee in 2005 and 2006, and served as cabinet chief in 2011.

The 48-year-old, from the northern city of Tripoli, holds a PhD in law and political science and has taught at universities in Lebanon and France.

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