Prime Minister Najib Mikati and President Michel Aoun signed a decree forming a new government in the presence of Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, the Lebanese presidency said. Lebanon, which faces an economic collapse, was without a government for more than a year.
"The situation is very difficult. But it's not impossible if we united as Lebanese," Mikati told the press on Friday. "We are all going to work together, united with hope and determination."
The new prime minister made the comments during a news conference at the presidential Baabda Palace after a meeting with Aoun for the signing of the decree for establishment of the government. When Berri arrived at the palace for the meeting, he waved to the press, holding a sheet of paper with the finalized list of ministers.
Similar to the country's previous government, the cabinet includes several newcomers including Finance Minister Yousef Khalil, a senior official at the central bank, and Health Minister Firas Abiad from Rafic Hariri University Hospital.