More time to be granted for gov't formation in Lebanon: PM designate

08:37, April 15, 2011      

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Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati said Thursday both he and President Michel Suleiman agreed to allow more time for the cabinet formation, the state-run National News Agency (NNA) reported.

"We want the next cabinet to be one that (maintains) stability, that keeps strife away and that works according to the constitution," the PM-designate told reporters after meeting with Suleiman.

He said that although party leaders have their right to make certain ministerial demands, "Suleiman and I have our constitutional rights as well."

Mikati said the aim of the cabinet is to solve problems, not be an additional problem.

"When we feel that the cabinet which will be formed is constitutional ... we will announce it," said Mikati.

"I wanted to speak with the Lebanese people today, three months after (being nominated for the premiership) to say that I will not give up and that (my efforts) will continue," said Mikati.

Mikati was appointed the prime minister on Jan. 25 with the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance backing and is working to form his cabinet. The opposition March 14 Alliance parties have said that they will not participate in his government following its national- unity government collapsed on Jan. 12 as ministers affiliated to March 8 resigned.

Source: Xinhua
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