MUSTAPHA ADIB ON COURSE TO BE DESIGNATED AS LEBANON PRIME MINISTER
An influential group of former Lebanese prime ministers has picked little-known diplomat Mustapha Adib to head the country’s next government, all but ensuring his appointment at a nomination process on Monday.
On behalf of the group that met on Sunday, Fouad Siniora said Adib should rapidly form a government capable of implementing long-overdue reforms and overseeing Beirut’s reconstruction following a massive explosion that killed at least 190 people and damaged large parts of the capital earlier this month.
The group of four former prime ministers represents the largest number of Sunni Muslim MPs in Lebanon’s parliament, including the Future Movement bloc of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.
Their support is seen as essential for the success of the prime minister, who, under Lebanon’s sectarian power-sharing pact, must always be Sunni.
Former Prime Minister Hassan Diab had the support of just a handful of parliament’s 27 Sunni MPs in addition to little popular support.