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Lebanon’s Hariri says he does not want to be prime minister

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Lebanons Saad al-Hariri said on Tuesday he did not want to be prime minister of a new government, calling his decision “decisive” and saying he was confident President Michel Aoun would convene consultations to designate someone else.


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Hariri resigned on Oct. 29 in the face of nationwide protests against Lebanons ruling elite. His decision toppled a coalition government including the powerful, Iran-backed Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah, which opposed the decision.

Since then, Lebanons main parties have been locked in talks and unable to agree a new government despite the worst economic crisis since the 1975-90 civil war.

“I am sticking by the rule not me, rather someone else to form a government that addresses the aspirations of the young men and women,” Hariri, Lebanons leading Sunni Muslim politician, said in a statement.

“I have full hope and confidence, after announcing this clear and decisive decision, that the president of the republic….will immediately call the binding parliamentary consultations” to designate a new prime minister, he said.

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