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Lebanese president asks ex-PM Hariri to form new government

Watch now: President-elect Michel Aoun (pictured) on a billboard near Beirut [AFP]

Date of publication: 3 November, 2016

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Video: Lebanon’s newly elected president, Michel Aoun, has asked former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to form a new government.

Lebanon’s newly elected president, Michel Aoun, has asked former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to form a new government.

Aoun’s office made the announcement on Thursday, after two days of consultations with lawmakers over their choice of prime minister. The statement didn’t say how many lawmakers supported Hariri for the post.

Aoun, a Christian leader and former army commander, was elected by Parliament as president on Monday, ending a 29-month presidential vacuum. His election was made possible after Hariri endorsed him for president based on an understanding that Aoun would then appoint him as prime minister.

Hariri is the son of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in a massive seaside bombing in 2005 in Beirut.

"After the necessary parliamentary consultations... the president has entrusted Saad Hariri with the formation of a government," said a statement read by the president's chief of staff Antoine Choukeir.

Hariri was endorsed by 110 members of the 127-seat parliament, with only the Shia Hizballah movement, the Syrian Social National Party and the Lebanese Baath party -- all supporters of Syria's government -- 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 Hizballah ally.

Hariri returns to the post of prime minister five years after his last cabinet collapsed when his longtime rival Hizballah and its allies pulled their ministers from a unity government that had taken months to form.

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