Aug 31, 2020 00:45 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Aug 31, 2020 00:58 Asia/Tehran]

Lebanese former premiers Najib Mikati, Fouad Siniora, Saad Hariri and Tamam Salam, announced in a statement that they have agreed to nominate little-known diplomat, Lebanon's former ambassador to Germany Mustafa Adib to head the next government.

Iran PressMiddle East: In a statement read out by Siniora following their meeting at Center House on Sunday evening, they expressed hope that "Adib would be named with the highest number of votes from the parliamentary blocs and representatives" to form the next Lebanese government.

They stressed the need for a speedy government formation and drafting of its ministerial statement "without delay."

Fouad Siniora, speaking on behalf of the group said Adib should rapidly form a government capable of implementing long-overdue reforms and overseeing Beirut's reconstruction following a massive explosion that killed at least 190 people and damaged large parts of the capital earlier this month.

President Michel Aoun is due to hold binding consultations with MPs to go through the formal motions of picking the next prime minister, who must then form a government.

Adib is expected to be formally nominated to lead the new government.

Hezbollah Secretary General Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah said in a speech on the occasion of Ashura on Sunday: "We hope that on Monday, when the consultations of the parliamentary factions begin, the representatives will be able to nominate a candidate who has the desired acceptability to form a new government." 

"Contrary to the claims of some liars and hypocrites who say that Hezbollah is obstructing reform in Lebanon, we call for reform and work together to elect a prime minister and form a new government to save Lebanon from a political vacuum," Nasrallah said.