Saad Hariri designated as Lebanon’s new PM
Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been tasked with forming his fourth government, winning a slim majority of votes in parliament just under a year after his resignation amid mass-protests last year.
Hariri’s dramatic return was enabled by the votes of 65 MPs from across the country’s political spectrum, including his own Future Movement, the Shia Amal Movement, the Druze Progressive Socialist Party and the Syrian Socialist Nationalist party, ostensibly secular but closely allied to Hezbollah, a Shia party with its own military wing.
Macron has said a reform-minded cabinet was essential if aid were to flow in to rebuild the country.
“I am definitely a candidate” to head the next government, Hariri said during a live interview on the MTV television channel.
“I will not close the door on the only hope left for Lebanon to stem this collapse,” he said.
The country is mired in its worst economic crunch in decades, and still reeling from a devastating explosion in Beirut on August 4.