Saad Hariri named Lebanon’s new prime minister
Leading Sunni political figure Saad Hariri was named as Lebanonâ€™s new prime minister on Thursday, the office of President Michel Aoun announced.
â€œAfter the necessary parliamentary consultationsâ€¦ the president has entrusted Saad Hariri with the formation of a government,â€ said a statement read by the presidentâ€™s chief of staff Antoine Choukeir.
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The nomination comes days after Aoun was elected, with Haririâ€™s surprise support, ending a vacuum of more than two years. Hariri was endorsed by 110 members of the 127-seat parliament, with only the Shiite Hezbollah movement, the Syrian Social National Party and the Lebanese Baath party â€” all supporters of Syriaâ€™s government â€” declining to back him as prime minister.
But his return was assured as part of the deal he struck to throw his support behind former general Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally.
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Hariri returns to the post of prime minister five years after his last cabinet collapsed when his longtime rival Hezbollah and its allies pulled their ministers from a unity government that had taken months to form.
source The Express Tribune news