Hariri Says Salameh Must Stay, Promises Electoral Law, Electricity Breakthroughs


Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed Tuesday that Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh should remain in his post as he promised imminent breakthroughs regarding the stalled electoral law and the electricity plan.

“I'm convinced that it is necessary for Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh to stay in his post, because he represents a guarantee for the stability of the Lebanese pound,” Hariri told reporters aboard the plane that carried him along with President Michel Aoun to Jordan for participation in the Arab Summit.

Noting that Lebanon's participation in the summit with a unified delegation reflects the extent of “harmony” between him and the president, Hariri reassured that “the internal understanding among the Lebanese will soon reflect itself on the electoral law and we will finalize this issue very soon.”

Asked about the letter that Lebanon's former presidents and premiers have reportedly sent to the Arab Summit, Hariri said: “There is a train moving forward in Lebanon and those who want to board it are welcome, or else let them stay in their places.”

As for the new wage scale, Hariri promised that it will be eventually approved.

And regarding the electricity plan that the Cabinet approved earlier in the day, the premier said citizens will start sensing improvement in power supply “as of May.”