LEBANESE AMBASSADOR ADIB EMERGES AS FRONT-RUNNER TO BE PM


31/08/2020




İrem UZUN -TDO- Lebanon’s Ambassador to Germany Mustapha Adib is poised to be designated prime minister on Monday after winning the support of major parties to form a new government facing a crippling financial crisis and the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion. The Iran-backed Shi’ite party Hezbollah and its Shi’ite ally the Amal Movement will also nominate Adib in the consultations, a senior Shi’ite source told Reuters.

Earlier in August, the Lebanese government led by Hassan Diab quit following the catastrophic explosion at Beirut port, which killed around 200 people and wounded thousands more. The Future Movement political party is led by Saad al-Hariri, Lebanon’s main Sunni politician. Saad al-Hariri plans to nominate Lebanese Ambassador to Germany Mustapha Adib to be prime minister in formal consultations. In Lebanon’s sectarian power sharing system the post for Sunni Muslims goes to the prime minister.

The group of four former prime ministers represents the largest number of Sunni Muslim MPs in Lebanon's parliament, including the Future Movement bloc of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Their support is seen as essential for the success of the prime minister, who under Lebanon's sectarian power-sharing pact must always be Sunni.  Former Prime Minister Hassan Diab had the support of just a handful of parliament's 27 Sunni MPs in addition to little popular support. His six-month government, which resigned in the wake of the August 4 explosion, is widely seen as having failed to make headway on vital economic and political reforms demanded by massive protests that led to Hariri's resignation last year as prime minister.


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