George Kordahi, the Lebanese Minister of Information in the new government, made his first statements after returning this afternoon, Sunday, from the United Arab Emirates.
George Qardahi addressed what he described as “some of the geniuses and analysts who appeared on the media screens during the past two days and analyzed the formation of the government and the quotas.”
He said, “Let them allow us and calm down a bit,” wishing the media “not to host them, because the government is new.”
He continued: “As Prime Minister Mikati said, we are on an emergency landing plane, and we must all cooperate in order to send a glimmer of hope to the Prime Time Zone whom I tell them we will try to do everything that is positive.”
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George Qardahi concluded his statements by saying: “And let those who want to take us to hell calm down, because we do not want that, and whoever wants that, let him go alone.”
Lebanon’s new government headed by Najib Mikati
On Friday, Lebanese President Michel Aoun signed a decree to form the new government headed by Mikati, in the presence of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, according to a statement by the Lebanese presidency.
After that, the Secretary-General of the Lebanese Council of Ministers, Mahmoud Makiya, announced a decree to form a government consisting of 24 ministers, in a statement from Baabda Palace.
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced that his government will draw up a rescue plan as soon as possible, expressing his hope to stop the economic collapse.
Mikati said: “I will contact all international bodies to secure the simplest matters of life in Lebanon.”
He added: “I promise the Lebanese that we will work with a national principle, and we are not with one group against another, and I will not miss an opportunity to knock on the doors of the Arab world.”
And he added: “We must deliver what was cut off, and Lebanon belongs to this Arab world and is proud of this.”
He stressed that “the government will develop a rescue plan as soon as possible, and the time is now for action, not for political debate.”
He expressed his hope “that we will rise with this government and at least stop the ongoing collapse and restore Lebanon to its glory and prosperity.”
Mikati pledged to hold the parliamentary elections, as scheduled on May 8.
Names of the new Lebanese government ministers
Here are the names of the 24 ministers in the new government:
Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Deputy Prime Minister His Excellency Al-Shami, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates Abdullah Bou Habib, Minister of Education and Higher Education Abbas Halabi, Minister of Information George Kordahi, Minister of Justice Henry Khoury, Minister of Youth and Sports George Kallas, and Defense Minister Maurice Selim.
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Minister of the Displaced Issam Sharaf El Din Chehayeb, Minister of Finance Youssef Khalil, Minister of State for Administrative Development Najla Riachi, Minister of Social Affairs Hector El Hajjar, Minister of Industry Georges Bougikan, Minister of Communications Johnny Corm, Minister of Tourism Walid Nassar, Minister of Interior and Municipalities Bassam Mollawi, Minister of Public Health White Firas.
Minister of Energy and Water Walid Fayyad, Minister of Culture Mohamed Wissam Mortada, Minister of Environment Nasser Yassin, Minister of Labor Mustafa Bayram, Minister of Agriculture Abbas Haj Hassan, Minister of Public Works and Transport Ali Hamiyah, and Minister of Economy and Trade Amin Salam.
The lira is rising against the dollar
The exchange rate of the Lebanese pound against the US dollar rose significantly, exceeding 13 percent on the black market, on Friday, after the announcement of the formation of the new government.
On Friday afternoon, the dollar recorded 15,600 pounds for sale and 15,700 pounds for purchase, after it ranged in the morning between 18000 for sale – 18,100 for purchase.
The Lebanese pound recorded gains of 5%, last Thursday, with the support of optimism about the success of the new Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, in forming the government, which has actually been achieved today.
And last July, the dollar set a record, as it crossed the 23,000-pound barrier, after Saad Hariri apologized for forming the government 9 months after his assignment.
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