Lebanese President Michel Aoun and PM-designate Saad Hariri
Lebanese President Michel Aoun and PM-designate Saad al-Hariri
Photo: Reuters
Lebanese President Michel Aoun and PM-designate Saad al-Hariri

Lebanon's PM-designate Hariri gives president new government line-up

France, which has led foreign efforts to help Levantine nation, seeks to rally Lebanese leaders to tackle financial meltdown, but has grown frustrated as it got bogged down in fractious sectarian politics

Reuters |
Published: 12.09.20 , 18:33
Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri presented President Michel Aoun with a line-up of 18 ministers on Wednesday after months of wrangling that blocked a deal on a new government.
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  • Without a credible government, there will be no bailout to save Lebanon from its spiraling financial crisis, French President Emmanuel Macron has warned ahead of his visit to Beirut later this month.
    Lebanese President Michel Aoun and PM-designate Saad Hariri Lebanese President Michel Aoun and PM-designate Saad Hariri
    Lebanese President Michel Aoun and PM-designate Saad al-Hariri
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Former colonial ruler France, which has led foreign efforts to help the country, had sought to rally Lebanese leaders to tackle the meltdown but grew frustrated as it got bogged down in fractious sectarian politics.
    After a meeting at the Baabda palace on Wednesday, Hariri said the president would examine his list of "non-partisan, expert" ministers and that the "atmosphere was positive".
    Earth moving equipment and rescue workers search for victims in Beirut, Lebanon, near the site of last week's explosion that hit the city's seaport Earth moving equipment and rescue workers search for victims in Beirut, Lebanon, near the site of last week's explosion that hit the city's seaport
    Earth moving equipment and rescue workers search for victims in Beirut, Lebanon, near the site of explosion that hit the city's seaport in August
    (Photo: AP)
    When he was named premier for a fourth time in October, Hariri pledged to quickly form a government that could revive the French roadmap. But old rifts still plagued cabinet talks as the country hurtles towards what United Nations agencies have warned will be a "social catastrophe".
    The economic collapse has pushed at least half the population into poverty and crashed the currency.
    The outgoing government quit after the massive explosion at Beirut port in August, which killed more than 200 people and devastated swathes of the capital.

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