Lebanese Parliament Will Choose New Prime Minister Next Week

Lebanese Parliament Will Choose New Prime Minister Next Week
Reuters/Mohamed Azakir

The Lebanese Parliament will choose a new prime minister to head the next Lebanese government in a session due next week, according to President Michel Aoun.

On Wednesday, President Aoun announced the date for the binding parliamentary consultations to be Thursday, October 15th.

Parliamentary blocs will convene on that date and discuss the identity of the next prime minister, after the last prime minister-designate, Mustapha Adib, stepped down in September, citing his inability to end the deadlock over the shape of the new cabinet.

The meeting will be held at the presidential palace in Baabda, 19 days after Adib stepped down, and over 2 months after caretaker PM Hassan Diab resigned in the aftermath of the Beirut Port explosion.

It will take place as the international community watches on, with world leaders calling on Lebanon’s politicians to urgently form a government capable of carrying out reforms to rescue the country so that international support can come through.

Notably, the consultations will be held 2 days prior to the anniversary of the October 17 Lebanese revolution that forced the government of former PM Saad Hariri to dissolve later in October.

Around a year later, today, Hariri’s name seems to be gaining momentum in the political scene, with talks of him becoming Prime Minister again increasing ahead of the upcoming consultations.

However, the leader of the Future Bloc recently said that he had no interest in leading Lebanon’s next government.