Lawmakers name Mustafa Adib to form new Lebanese gov’t
Lebanese President Michel Aoun Monday designated ambassador to Germany Mustafa Adib to form a new government after consultations with parliamentary blocs.
The new government will replace the outgoing administration of Hassan Diab which resigned in the aftermath of the massive Beirut blast which left about 2,000 dead and caused widespread damage in the Lebanese capital.
Aoun held consultations before noon with deputies and parliamentary blocs to name the new head of government, and that Adib won 90 votes out of 115 lawmakers who participated in the consultations, Petra’s reporter in Beirut said.
Others who contested the top government post were former ambassador to the United Nations Nawaf Salam, who won 16 votes, and former Ministers Raya Al-Hassan and Al-Fadil Shalaq, who got one vote each in the ballot, where seven lawmaker did not nominate anyone.
Adib had the backing of former prime ministers Saad hariri, Najib Mikati and Tammam Salam, the pro-Hezbollah parliamentary bloc, Speaker Nabih Berri’s Parliamentary bloc, the Future parliamentary bloc, Walid Jumblatt’s Democratic Gathering bloc and the Strong Lebanon Parliament Bloc headed by Gebran Bassil.
Hariri said that the government should be formed quickly and its top priority is the reconstruction of Beirut after the devastating blast.
Salam, a pro-Hezbollah lawmaker, said that the officials should realize that this is the last opportunity for the Lebanese to promptly form a national salvation government with Arab and international support to save their country.
“We chose Adib to send a message that we want a government to carry out reforms daily in the country, and with serious and productive government work,” Mikati said.
Meanwhile, Jumblatt’s bloc said it nominated Adib but it will not join the new government.
Source: Jordan News Agency