President Michel Aoun began Monday binding parliamentary consultations to designate a new prime minister for crises-hit Lebanon, with former premier Najib Mikati set to easily win the nomination. Aoun started the one-day consultations with a meeting with Mikati. He then met other former PMs before began various parliamentary blocs and independent MPs to hear from them their nominations.
Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said Thursday he was stepping down after failing to form a government for nearly nine months. The development is likely to plunge the country further into chaos and uncertainty. Lebanon is going through an unprecedented economic crisis, described by the World Bank as one of the worst in the world in 150 years.