Mikati says cabinet semiretired

JANUARY 9, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON)Former Prime Minister, Najib Mikati, said on Friday that the current Lebanese cabinet appeared to be semi-retired, especially when handling its minimum responsibilities towards the citizens.

Speaking before his Tripoli itinerants, Mikati said that “the citizens’ rights and priorities have gotten lost between the never-ending political squabbles and outbiddings between this and that minister.”

In response to a question, Mikati welcomed the ongoing dialogue between the Future Movement and Hezbollah.

“We hope it comes out with the aspired results and mitigate political and sectarian tension,” Mikati said, imploring concerned sides to jettison political discourse that might foment sectarian tension.

“We have no choice but to protect the nation from looming threats via dialogue, which also helps to spare the country the repercussions of regional developments,” Mikati added.