Report: Mikati meets Christian leaders over caretaker govt. legitimacy


Prime Minister-designate Najib Nikati has met with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi, away from the spotlight, media reports said.

A ministerial source told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, in remarks published Thursday, that Mikati might meet al-Rahi again, and is also communicating with other Christian spiritual and political leaders, including the leaders of the Lebanese Forces and al-Kataeb parties.

The source added that Mikati has also met in the past days with legal experts, in the presence of Cabinet Secretary General Mahmoud Makieh.

The experts -- including ex-ministers Khaled Kabbani and Rashid Derbas, Saeed Malek, Zuheir Shokr and Antoine Msarra -- agreed that the caretaker cabinet will have the powers of the President, once President Michel Aoun's term ends and until a new President is elected.

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