The Lebanese President Michel Aoun has appointed the diplomat Mustafa Adib, the former ambassador to Germany, as the new Prime Minister of the country and, according to the state authority NNA, tasked him with forming a government.
Adib’s appointment came after consultations between the head of state that Monday and the leaders of the main parliamentary blocs. According to the Naharnet portal, Adib has won the support of 90 parliamentarians.
The diplomat’s appointment was virtually guaranteed after the bloc, headed by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, the largest Sunni bloc in parliament, proposed his name.
According to the denominational system prevailing in Lebanon, the country’s president must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Sunni and the speaker of parliament a Shiite.
If Adib is confirmed in office, he will succeed Hasan Diab, who resigned after the devastating explosion in the port of Beirut on August 4, which left more than 190 dead and thousands injured.