Lebanese President Michel Aoun said that one of the first tasks of the new government, after its formation, would be to fight corruption and hold corrupt officials accountable.
“The first mission of the new government after its formation will be to carry on the process of fighting corruption, by conducting investigations in all the state administrations and the public and independent institutions in order to hold the corrupts accountable,” Aoun told UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon, Jan Kubis, whom he met at Baabda palace on Monday.
“Investigations will include all officials who had taken office respectively in all levels of public administrations, institutions and independent authorities,” he added.
Regarding the street protests, the Lebanese president emphasized the need to hold dialogue with the protesters in order to reach an agreement. Kubis, for his part, conveyed to Aoun the concerns of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres about developments in Lebanon, adding that the UN was ready to offer help in that respect.