Lebanese president authorises Ex-Prime Minister Mikati to form new government

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Lebanese President Michel Aoun has authorised former Prime Minister Najib Mikati to form a new government, Aoun’s office said on Monday.

“I agreed with President Aoun about the need to form a government as soon as possible.

“We hope to form a government in accordance with the French initiative.

“I decided not to speak under my own responsibility. The best word is deed,’’ the presidential press service also quoted Mikati as saying.