Tuesday 20 July 2021 - 12:48

Lebanese Presidency Schedules PM Consultations for July 26

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Lebanese Presidency Schedules PM Consultations for July 26
Saad Hariri had stepped down as PM-designate on Thursday after nine months of futile deliberations, citing deep disagreements with President Michel Aoun.

Hariri's exit came amid a financial collapse branded by the World Bank as one of the planet's worst since the 19th century.

His departure left the country rudderless as Lebanon faces soaring poverty, a plummeting currency, angry protests and shortages of basic items from medicine to fuel.

Hariri had been nominated premier-designate in October 2020 to replace Mustafa Adib, a relatively unknown diplomat.

Adib had been nominated just weeks after the Beirut port explosion, but quit less than a month later over resistance to his proposed line up.

Outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab, who resigned in the wake of the August 4 explosion, has stayed on in a caretaker capacity until political leaders can agree on a new premier.