Lebanon’s newly formed Cabinet met for the second time on Tuesday to compile a government agenda that includes ambitious reforms to unlock millions in international loans and aid.
MP Ali Darwish, a member of Prime Minister Najib Mikati’s Azm Movement, told The National of four main priorities for the new administration.
These will be:
- Economic reform, including an audit of the public sector and reforming the country’s public procurement laws;
- Agreeing a bailout package with the International Monetary Fund;
- Holding legislative elections in May next year;
- Speeding up the investigation into the port blast that killed at least 214 people on August 4 last year.
Lebanon faces a dire economic crisis that has pushed close to 80 per cent of the population into poverty, devalued the national currency by more than 90 per cent and resulted in a desperate shortage of basics including medicine, fuel and food.