Hariri to Form Lebanese Gov’t

Hariri to Form Lebanese Gov’t

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has asked Saad al-Hariri to form a new government as prime minister after he secured the support of a majority of MPs, according to a presidential statement.
Hariri was endorsed by 110 members of the 127-seat parliament on Thursday, with Hezbollah, the Syrian Social National Party and the Lebanese Baath declining to back him as prime minister, Al Jazeera reported.
Hariri’s return was assured as part of the deal he struck to throw his support behind former general, Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally.
Nabih Berri, the parliament speaker, indicated on Thursday that he was ready to cooperate in efforts to set up a new government led by Hariri, softening earlier objections that threatened to hold up its formation.
Berri, head of the Shia Amal, is one of the most influential figures in Lebanon and his previous opposition to the deal that saw Aoun elected head of state this week was seen as an obstacle to forming the new government.
Berri formally announced his support for Hariri’s candidacy in a meeting with Aoun at the presidential palace.
Asked by a journalist if he intended to cooperate in the formation of the new government, he said: “If there was no intention to cooperate, we would not have named him.”
Hariri is the son of Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister who was assassinated in a seaside bombing in 2005 in Beirut.


Short URL : https://goo.gl/iPBybq
  1. https://goo.gl/G4Itfv
  • https://goo.gl/GFOjEI
  • https://goo.gl/hpZo76
  • https://goo.gl/REiJPE
  • https://goo.gl/IqFbON

You can also read ...

UN Syria Envoy Urges Opposition to Unite Before Talks
The United Nations envoy for Syria urged disparate Syrian...
Mueller Investigating Kushner’s Contacts With Foreign Leaders
US special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators are...
Saad al-Hariri (R) talks with President Michel Aoun while attending a military parade to celebrate  the 74th anniversary of Lebanon’s independence in Beirut, Nov. 22.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Wednesday he...
“Butcher of Bosnia” Found Guilty of Genocide
UN judges Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serbian commander...
US Warns Citizens Against Travelling to Saudi Arabia
The US State Department has cautioned its citizens “to...
German President Urges Greens, FDP Leaders to Restart Coalition Talks
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been meeting with...
Turkey Orders Detention of 216 People in Post-Coup ProbeIn the aftermath of the coup, more than 50,000 people have been jailed.
Turkish authorities have issued detention warrants for 216...
More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar since late August this year for neighboring Bangladesh.
Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to...

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints

Enter the characters shown in the image.