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US Urges Lebanon’s Mikati to Form Government Quickly

US Urges Lebanon’s Mikati to Form Government Quickly

Wednesday, 28 July, 2021 - 05:00
Lebanon's prime minister-designate Najib Mikati. AFP

The United States on Tuesday called on Lebanon's prime minister-designate Najib Mikati to move quickly to form a government to address the country's long crisis.

"The US renews its calls to quickly form a government that's empowered and a government that's also committed to implementing critical reforms," State Department deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter told reporters.

On Tuesday, Mikati met with top political parties.

"There was unanimous agreement from all blocs and lawmakers on the need to speed up the process of cabinet formation," he said after consultations ended.

Lebanon can no longer provide electricity to its citizens for more than a handful of hours each day, nor can it afford to buy the fuel needed to power generators.

Almost none of the international community's demands for a broad program of reforms have so far been met.

Further stalling the bankrupt state's recapitalization has been the government's failure to engage the International Monetary Fund and discuss a fully-fledged rescue plan.

Until then, the monetary institution is due to send around $900 million, but experts warn it will not be enough and risks being misused.

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