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Lebanese lawmakers pick Najib Mikati as new prime minister

Lebanese President Michel Aoun, left, meets with former Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, July 26, 2021. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Official Government via AP)
Lebanese President Michel Aoun, left, meets with former Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, July 26, 2021. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Official Government via AP)

Lebanese lawmakers vote to designate billionaire businessman Najib Mikati as prime minister, tasked with forming a government and ending a year-long political impasse that has aggravated the country’s financial crisis.

Mikati, a two-time premier who was last in power in 2014, clinches a clear majority of 72 votes from lawmakers who sat for consultations with the president.

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