Mikati from Baabda: Independent Center Bloc did not nominate anyone to head government

NNA - Former PM Najib Mikati announced, after meeting President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, that his bloc, the Independent Center, did not name anyone as head of government.

Mikati said after the meeting: "Finally, the binding consultations, that we were calling for, took place and during the fifty-day period we noticed how things developed as each day of delay cost a great deal on the economy and social conditions of all Lebanese. In the Independent Central Bloc, which will soon participate in the consultations, we discussed this morning the issue of naming and set standards for the Prime Minister who is ready and who has expressed his willingness to take on this difficult task. And the criteria are the capabilities of this person, his attendance, and his representative capacity. Frankly, despite my personal respect for the two subjects, we did not find anyone with these specifications, and therefore we did not name anyone and veiled the designation".

Replying to a question Mikati said "With all my respect for people and my friendship with them, in this period we need an exceptional person with an exceptional team. I do not want to frustrate the hopes of the Lebanese, but I have doubts that none of the parties can take over at this stage".

"We are not talking about the Sunni or Christian cover, and I remind you that Prime Minister Hariri asked to delay consultations because the Lebanese forces and the Free Patriotic Movement refused to name him, and therefore this matter should be a message that we are not satisfied with the name that landed by parachute" Mikati stated.
Replying to another question the Former PM stated "It is the path of things which determines the name, and if the designation is all of one color, then it will be a Government of one color. As for the comparison between the conditions for forming my Government and the current conditions, it is not suitable, because the situation is much more difficult, and I remind you that I spoke about capabilities, attendance and representation. You must compare to know how the conditions are different".


Mikati responds to accusations of unjust enrichment, appeals to Minister of Justice to stop politicization of judiciary
Wednesday, Oct 23, 2019

NNA - MP Najib Mikati said in a press conference he addressed this Wednesday to respond to the most recent complaint of unjust enrichment filed against him: "I was surprised by the timing. Today, Judge Ghada Aoun arrived to her office as if on a mission. It is indeed a message, and it has been well received. The message reads: We have had enough of you, Najib Mikati; you have not voted for the president three years ago, and you are a defender of the constitution, the community and the prime minister's office."

Mikati said "everybody knows I am under the ceiling of the law, since day one."

Addressing what he called "a fabricated file," the MP reiterated readiness to lift bank secrecy off his accounts, appealing to Minister of Justice, Albert Sarhan, to save the Covenant and work to stop the politicization of the judiciary.

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