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In his first speech as PM designate, Mikati reassures audiences 'Lebanon will not die'

In his first speech as PM designate, Mikati reassures audiences 'Lebanon will not die'

Prime Minister Najib Mikati was reappointed premier on June 23, 2022, after binding parliamentary consultations. (Photo: Anwar Amro / AFP)

BEIRUT — Lebanese MPs have voted to give Najib Mikati a second consecutive term as Prime Minister Thursday. Soon after the vote, he addressed the country in a televised speech.

Here’s what we know:

  • In his first speech after re-assuming the premiership, Mikati thanked those who voted for him and those who didn’t, because both have exercised their democratic rights.

  • The prime minister designate urged “Lebanese politicians to put their differences aside, and to work toward a unified country because time is running out to rescue Lebanon from the crisis it’s facing.”

  • Mikati stated that the International Monetary Fund is Lebanon’s only hope in the current situation.

  • He assured Lebanese that his government will work with Parliament to secure a set of preliminary reforms, which must be in place before the implementation of a final IMF agreement.

  • In an April statement, the IMF said that its program in Lebanon could be supported by a 46-month extended fund arrangement with a requested access of $3 billion.

  • Mikati praised Lebanon’s citizens for “standing strong in the face of adversity,” and assured them that “Lebanon will not die.”



BEIRUT — Lebanese MPs have voted to give Najib Mikati a second consecutive term as Prime Minister Thursday. Soon after the vote, he addressed the country in a televised speech.Here’s what we know:   • In his first speech after re-assuming the premiership, Mikati thanked those who voted for him and those who didn’t, because both have exercised their democratic rights.   • The...