BEIRUT: Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said Saturday the government of Prime Minister Tammam Salam was fully capable of managing the country in the event a new president is not elected after the constitutional deadline of May 25.
Machnouk told a local TV station that the harmony among ministers that governs the work of the current government will last until a new president is elected.
“If a new president is not elected, this government is fully capable of managing the country and solving problems that might occur,” he said.
Mashnouk also praised a government decision to appoint new governors after a delay of several years.
“Making those appointments was a necessary step [especially regarding the newly established governorates of Akkar and Baalbek-Hermel],” the minister added.
In a Cabinet session at the Baabda Palace, ministers agreed to appoint Ziad Shbib as Beirut governor, Bashir Khodr as governor of Baalbek-Hermel, Fouad Fleifel as governor of Mount Lebanon, Ramzi Nohra as governor of north Lebanon, and Imad Labaki as governor of Akkar.
The five freshly-appointed governors paid a visit to Mashnouk at the interior ministry Saturday morning. He urged them to double efforts to efficiently serve the Lebanese.
“Your appointment denotes that the Lebanese administration is on the right track, it is also clear evident that this government has made key accomplishments in record time,” he added.