BEIRUT: Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati said on Friday he still had to overcome major hurdles to forming a new government, amid a deep economic and political crisis that has left the country with a caretaker administration for a year.
Mikati, the third person picked to try to form a government since last year, told television network Al Hadath that the situation in Lebanon remained grave.
Forming a government is a necessary first step to secure international support to help pull Lebanon out of its deepest crisis since its 1975-1990 civil war. The currency has collapsed, while medicines and fuel are running out.
Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, a heavily armed Shi’ite movement back by Iran and under US sanctions, has said Iranian fuel shipments were on their way to help ease shortages.