So who is this billionaire... Najib Mikati. According to Forbes magazine, he’s one of the richest men in Lebanon. A few years back, he sold his vast telecommunication empire for 2.6 billion dollars. In 2005, after the Hariri assassination and after Omar Karami resigned, Najib was summoned to lead Lebanon as Prime Minister. He lasted exactly 3 months before resigning himself. He’s a moderate Sunni legislator from Tripoli with a pro - Syria affiliation. In late 2005, Lebanon was engulfed in the so called ‘Cedar revolution’... marked by the massive departure of Syrian forces from Lebanon. Today, Mikati’s appointment is seen as an attempt by Hezbollah to impose it’s will on Lebanon. So the question remains... is Lebanon ready for a return of Syrian influence and can Najib Mikati straddle the divide between Saad Hariri and Hezbollah.
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