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Miqati: I will nominate
Salam to succeed me

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati said that he will nominate Tammam Salam in the parliamentary consultation ahead of the formation of a new government.

 

“Of course I will nominate Tammam Salam and I hope that he will get the majority of votes and that his nomination will be a unifying factor,” Miqati said in remarks published by An-Nahar newspaper on Friday.

 

Asked whether he was the sole victim of the latest political shakeup that saw the resignation of his government, Miqati responded: “This is not true. But if that was the case, then all sacrifices are worth it for the sake of Lebanon.”

 

“When I took the decision to step down, I was convinced that it was in the interest of the country, and I had set my sight on the principle that the rotation of power is the heart of democracy.”

 

Salam is the son of six-time former PM Saeb Salam and has himself served as culture minister in Fouad Siniora’s cabinet between 2008 and 2009.

 

He won a seat in parliament in 2009 while running as part of March 14’s electoral list in the Beirut III district.

 

Last Thursday, President Michel Suleiman announced that parliamentary consultations aiming to name a new premier will take place on April 5 and 6.

 

The post of prime minister became vacant after Miqati resigned from his office last month, raising concerns amid the country’s dueling parties over a possible political vacuum.

Of course I will nominate Tammam Salam and I hope that he will get the majority of votes.