Incumbent premier renamed to form govt in crisis-hit Lebanon Jun 24, 2022 0 0 12345 dpa Beirut Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday tasked caretaker prime minister Najib Mikati with forming a new government in the country roiled by a severe economic crisis.Following consultations with the various parliamentary blocs, Aoun summoned Mikati and entrusted him with the job, the presidency said, according to the state news agency NNA.Mikati, a Sunni Muslim billionaire, received 54 votes during the parliamentary consultations, beating out all other potential candidates.He has already formed a government three times before, most recently in September last year.Lebanon, suffering its worst economic crisis in decades, held legislative elections in May in which the pro-Iranian Hezbollah movement and its allies lost their majority in the parliament.Under the Lebanese constitution, the president has to consult with different blocs in parliament before calling on the premier to form a new government.In the past, the formation of a government has often dragged on for months because of power-wrangling among political rivals.Lebanon’s president should be a Christian Maronite, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the parliamentary speaker a Shiite Muslim, according to an unwritten pact that dates back to 1943. RELATED ARTICLES Suu Kyi transferred to solitary prison confinement Jun 24, 2022 0 0 Afghans bury dead, dig for survivors of powerful quake Jun 24, 2022 0 0 Turkey and Israel say security forces foiled threat to Israelis Jun 24, 2022 0 0 Ankara and London call for urgent action to solve Black Sea grain crisis dpa Istanbul Britain and Turkey’s top diplomats on Thursday warned of “devastating consequences” if a quick solution to a lingering grain crisis in the Black Sea due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine isn’t found. “This .. UK lawmakers to vote on N Ireland Protocol bill next week dpa London Plans by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson plans to unilaterally scrap parts of Northern Ireland’s Brexit deal will be debated and voted upon by parliament in London next week. House of Commons Leader Mark .. EU leaders set to grant Ukraine candidate status Agencies European Union leaders on Thursday were set to make Ukraine a candidate for membership in the 27-nation bloc, the first step in a potentially yearslong process that could pull the embattled country further away .. Germany says it has taken in 21,000 at-risk Afghans Berlin: More than 21,000 Afghans have been able to get out of their home country and relocate to Germany since the Taliban seized power in August last year, the German foreign minister said on Thursday. Berlin has promised .. China and Russia criticise Western countries at BRICS meeting Beijing: China and Russia on Thursday criticized Western countries and sanctions as the leaders of the BRICS group started their summit. The group, which includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, should .. WHO emergency committee on monkeypox’s global spread to meet Geneva: The World Health Organization (WHO) was convening a meeting of experts on Thursday to assess whether the spread of monkeypox should be considered a “public health emergency of international concern.” The ..