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Former Lebanese finance minister Mohammad Safadi withdrew his candidacy to be the next prime minister on Saturday, saying that he saw that it would have been difficult to form a "harmonious" cabinet supported by all parties.
Safadi, in a statement from his office, said he hoped outgoing prime minister Saad Hariri would be designated again for the post. Hariri quit on Oct. 29 in the face of unprecedented anti-government protests.
Safadi had emerged as a candidate on Thursday when political sources and Lebanese media said three major parties had agreed to support him for the position.