Lebanon Appoints New Prime Minister

Lebanon's new Prime Minister

Following the resignation of Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s cabinet in August while responding to outrage caused over the catastrophic explosion in Beirut.

Lebanon  has appointed  its Ambassador to Germany, Mustapha Adib as New Prime Minister on Monday, hours before French President, Emmanuel Macron’s visit to Beirut.

Adib, who holds a PhD in Law and Political Science, has been the Lebanese envoy in Berlin since 2013. His nomination as Prime Minister was approved by the majority of the Lebanese Parliament (MPs), including the Iran-backed Islamist party, Hezbollah, and the party of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

In a televised speech following his nomination, Adib said “There is a need to form a government in record time, and to begin implementing reforms immediately, starting with an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).”

He also vowed to swiftly launch a reformist government, and seek international financial assistance after the Beirut Port blast of early August deepened the country’s political and economic crisis.

His tenure in the Lebanese parliament will not be his first brush with the country’s politics, having previously served as an adviser to former Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

Adib’s nomination follows intense contact between Lebanon’s political leadership and French President Emmanuel Macron over the last 48 hours. The French leader had  pressed Lebanon’s leaders into agreeing  to a candidate, two senior Lebanese officials said, just ahead of Macron’s visit to the country.

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