Lebanese President Michel Aoun announced the formation of a government led by former Prime Minister Najib Mikati.
“I hope that we will rise with this government and at least stop the current collapse and restore Lebanon to its pride and prosperity.. People are full of talk and promises, and I pledge to hold the parliamentary elections on time,” said Mikati.
Among those selected for the new cabinet were:
- Former Lebanese ambassador to the United States,
- Abdullah Bouhabib as foreign minister,
- central bank official Youssef Khalil as finance minister,
- Firas Abiad, head of Rafiq Hariri University Hospital as health minister,
- UN Representative Najla Riachi as the minister for administrative reform, and
- Bassam Al Mawlawi as interior minister.
The previous Lebanese cabinet lead by Hassan Diab resigned in the wake of the Beirut port explosion last August and was followed by a severe economic crisis.
Mikati added that despite the formation of a new government, the Central Bank no longer had enough reserves to maintain subsidies and warned that citizens to tighten their belts.
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