Lebanon.. Mikati inaugurates a program to help poor families and announces his patience in calling for the convening of his government

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said today, Wednesday, that he is delaying the call for a session of his government in order to distance it from what it has no business with, and this coincided with the launch of a program that provides financial aid to poor families.

In his speech at the launching ceremony of the social protection program network in Beirut, Mikati said, “I wait to call again for a government session, in the hope that everyone will be convinced to keep the cabinet away from everything that has nothing to do with it.”

Mikati added, during the ceremony, which was attended by the representative of the World Bank in the country, Saroj Kumar Gah and foreign officials, that everyone in Lebanon had agreed that the country’s judiciary is independent, and that any problem is resolved through the judiciary without any political interference.

And he added that the work of the Council of Ministers has been suspended since last October 12 as a result of a legal constitutional dilemma related to the issue of the Beirut Port explosion, while government work continues at an escalating and intense pace.

The Lebanese Prime Minister added, “What we are about today shows the extent of the catastrophe we are in and the necessity of abandoning the policy of obstruction and imposing conditions, after our people have become groaning under the weight of a suffocating crisis and are waiting for relief.”

Mikati stated that he sought and is still seeking to reach a solution, and that he supports any step that leads to convergence of views between the political spectrum.

At the same event, the Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs, Hector Hajjar, announced the start of registration on the electronic platform dedicated to the Protection Network Program, which aims to provide financial assistance to poor families, and is funded by the World Bank.

Hajjar said – in a press conference – that the financing of the program will be through a loan from the World Bank, explaining that the payment of aid will start from March of next year.

On October 13, the cabinet meeting was postponed indefinitely, following the insistence of ministers affiliated with Hezbollah and the Amal movement to discuss the port explosion investigation file, in preparation for the removal of the judicial investigator in the file, Judge Tariq Al-Bitar, after he was accused of politicization.

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