'I'm a moderate' - Lebanon PM candidate Najib Mikati


The candidate nominated by Hezbollah and its allies to be Lebanon's next prime minister, Najib Mikati, has said that he is not close to the Shia Islamist movement.

"I am not at all related to Hezbollah by any means," Mr Mikati told the BBC World Service.

"I am a moderate politician, I am always at an equal distance from everybody," he said.

Supporters of Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri have been protesting against Hezbollah's efforts to form a new government.

Mr Mikati said he did not want to take sides in the row about the UN tribunal investigating the 2005 murder of Mr Hariri's father, Rafik. But he added that the tribunal was "in the hands of the international community".

Lebanon's national unity cabinet collapsed over the controversy on 12 January.