Lebanon's Mikati won't serve as premier again

AP News
Posted: Apr 04, 2013 11:42 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's outgoing premier says he will not accept the post of prime minister again.

Najib Mikati resigned last month over a political deadlock between Lebanon's two main political camps and infighting in his government. He has agreed to stay on in a caretaking role.

Mikati's statement Thursday rejecting a new term comes a day before President Michel Suleiman is scheduled to hold two days of consultations with representatives of parliament blocs toward naming a new prime minister.

Beirut lawmaker Tammam Salam has emerged as the leading candidate for the post. Although leaning toward the Western-backed anti-Hezbollah coalition, Salam, a former minister of culture, is seen as a consensus figure.

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Mikati said in a statement that the new government must include representation from all Lebanese factions.