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Current Lebanese PM tapped to form new government

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati arrives at a cabinet meeting in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Sept. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati arrives at a cabinet meeting in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Sept. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

Lebanon’s lawmakers designate incumbent Prime Minister Najib Mikati to form a new government, more than a month after parliamentary elections that yielded no clear majority.

The 66-year-old billionaire, who had been widely expected to keep his job, secured 54 votes during parliamentary consultations, giving him a clear edge over other potential nominees.

President Michel Aoun now asks him to form a new government, a task analysts fear could take weeks, if not months, despite the economic emergency facing the country.

The powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, whose political alliance lost the clear majority it had in the previous parliament, threw its weight behind Mikati.

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