Lebanon's Mikati says hoped for faster pace towards government

Mikati was designated last month after Saad al-Hariri abandoned his efforts to form a new government

  
Lebanon's named Prime Minister Mikati speaks during a news conference at the Grand Serail, the government headquarters, in Beirut

Lebanon's named Prime Minister Mikati speaks during a news conference at the Grand Serail, the government headquarters, in Beirut

REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

BEIRUT- Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati said on Monday he had hoped for a quicker pace towards the formation of a new government and that his efforts would not be open-ended.

"I had hoped for a pace that was faster than this in the government (formation). It is a bit slow," Mikati said after a meeting with President Michel Aoun.

Mikati was designated last month after Saad al-Hariri abandoned his efforts to form a new government, saying he could not agree with Aoun.

(Reporting by Laila Bassam, writing by Tom Perry, editing by Mark Heinrich) ((thomas.perry@thomsonreuters.com; Reuters Messaging: thomas.perry.reuters.com@reuters.net))


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