Lebanese President Michel Aoun officially launched consultations Thursday to find a new prime minister, nearly a month after the previous appointee failed to form a government.
The frontrunner is none other than Saad Hariri, who already held the position twice and resigned a year ago under pressure from an unprecedented protest movement demanding a complete overhaul of Lebanon's political system.
The presidency announced on social media that Aoun had begun meeting the representatives of the parliamentary blocs to decide on a nominee.
A relatively unknown diplomat, Mustapha Adib, was nominated in late August following the resignation of his predecessor Hassan Diab's government in the aftermath of a deadly explosion at Beirut port.
Adib had vowed to form a cabinet of experts, in line with conditions set by French President Emmanuel Macron to help rescue the corruption-ridden country from its worst ever economic crisis.
He faced resistance from some of the main parties however and threw in the towel nearly a month later, leaving Lebanon rudderless to face soaring poverty and the aftermath of its worst peacetime disaster.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
Eid marked in shadow of violence against Palestinians
Iran’s Ahmadinejad submits name for presidential poll
World powers call for de-escalation after clashes
Palestinians slam ‘censorship’ of social networks
US sends envoy as Israel-Gaza barrages spiral; truce calls mount
Two Palestinians killed by Israeli army in West Bank: ministry
35 killed in Gaza, 5 in Israel, as violence escalates
Arab states and Turkey condemn Israeli strikes
For Yemenis fleeing war, US peace efforts offer only faint hope