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Updated on: Monday, July 26, 2021, 11:00 PM IST

Lebanon: Najib Mikati named new prime minister-designate

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A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra shows Lebanons President Michel Aoun (L) meeting with two-time premier Najib Mikati at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of the capital Beirut on July 26, 2021 | AFP

A handout picture provided by the Lebanese photo agency Dalati and Nohra shows Lebanons President Michel Aoun (L) meeting with two-time premier Najib Mikati at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of the capital Beirut on July 26, 2021 | AFP

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Beirut [Lebanon]: Najib Mikati was named as Lebanon's new prime minister on Monday with 72 votes in parliament, MTV TV channel reported. Mikati gave a speech following his appointment, calling upon all political parties to cooperate with him on finding the right solutions to the country's crises.

"The vote of confidence by Members of Parliament is necessary for my appointment but I am keen to gain the confidence of the Lebanese population, every man and woman, and the youths," Mikati said at Baabda Palace following his meeting with President Michel Aoun.

Most of Lebanon's political parties supported Mikati's premiership, including the Future Movement, Amal Movement, Hezbollah, Marada Movement and Progressive Socialist Party.

However, Mikati faced opposition from the country's two main Christian parties, the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces.

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Published on: Monday, July 26, 2021, 11:00 PM IST
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