Lebanon: PM-Designate Saad Hariri resigns

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  • Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanon Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri stepped down on Thursday after failing to form a government for over the past eight months.
  • Hariri resigned following a brief meeting with President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace.
  • “I withdrew from forming the government,” he told reporters. “Aoun demanded some amendments, which he considered essential, and said we will not be able to reach an understanding with each other… And may God save this country.”
  • Aoun accused Hariri of already deciding to step down prior to their meeting.
  • “Hariri rejected any amendments related to changes in ministries, their sectarian distribution, and the names associated with them,” the president’s office said in a statement.
  • In an interview with Lebanon’s Al Jadeed TV, Hariri said he selected his candidates based on their expertise and their ability to reform the economy, but Aoun did not.
  • “I resigned in 2019 because I wanted a government of experts, and if we formed Michel Aoun’s government then the country won’t be saved,” he said.
  • “The main problem of this country is Michel Aoun, who is allied with Hezbollah, who in turn protects him. This is the equation in the country and if someone can’t see it then they’re blind.”

Source: www.aljazeera.com

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