Lebanon president begins consultations to name premier

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Beirut, Oct. 22, 2020 (dpa/Naija247news) Lebanon’s President, Michel Aoun, on Thursday started consultations with the various parliamentary blocs in a bid to designate a new premier to lead the country through multiple crises, the presidential palace said.

After Aoun names the premier, the candidate will start efforts to form a new government.

Under the constitution, the president has to consult with the different blocs in parliament before calling on the premier to form a new government.

The consultations are expected to end later on Thursday.

Political observers believe that former prime minister, Saad Hariri, will be named and will start immediately to work on forming a government mainly made up of experts.

The experts are expected to deal with the economic crisis, the worst Lebanon has seen since the civil war ended 30 years ago.

On Sept. 26, prime minister designate Mustafa Adib stepped down, citing political infighting.

He was named by Aoun after his predecessor, Hassan Diab, resigned in the wake of the massive explosion at Beirut’s port on Aug. 4.

Lebanon’s president should be a Christian Maronite, the prime minister a Sunni Muslim and the parliamentary speaker a Shiite Muslim, according to an unwritten pact to establish a balance in the multiconfessional state that dates back to 1943.

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