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