Lebanon parliament speaker urges gov't formation this week

Lebanon parliament speaker Berri urges government formation this week, "not longer"
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In a television broadcast on Tuesday, Berri urged the formation of a government no later than this week.
Berri urged politicians to put aside their differences in order to save the country [Getty]

Lebanon's parliament speaker Nabih Berri urged the country's top politicians on Tuesday to form a government no later than this week.

In a televised speech, Berri urged politicians to put aside their differences in order to save the country from economic collapse. Lebanon, which is suffering a deep economic crisis, has been run by a caretaker administration since the government resigned more than a year ago.

Forming a government is a necessary first step to secure international support to help pull Lebanon out of its deepest crisis since its 1975-1990 civil war. The currency has collapsed, while medicines and fuel are running out.