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Lebanon: Hariri nominates ambassador to Germany as new PM after talks with president01:17

Lebanon: Hariri nominates ambassador to Germany as new PM after talks with president

Lebanon, Baabda
August 31, 2020 at 09:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri nominated the country's ambassador to Germany Mustapha Adib as the next government leader. Hariri spoke at the Baabda Palace in Baabda, following a meeting with President Michael Aoun on Monday.

"I nominated ambassador Mustapha Adib to form a government, as we announced yesterday during the meeting of former heads of government," said Hariri.

"Our goal must be to rebuild Beirut, especially after the explosions, to achieve financial and economic reforms that everyone knows about, and to reach a speedy agreement with the International Monetary Fund so that the international community returns to support our country in a way that would help us control the economic collapse and return to growth, God willing," Hariri said.

The nomination comes a few days ahead of a scheduled visit of French President Emmanuel Macron.

On August 4, Beirut was rocked by two port explosions which killed at least 190 people, injured 6,500, and displaced over 300,000.

The blasts triggered violent protests which forced the previous cabinet to resign.

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Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri nominated the country's ambassador to Germany Mustapha Adib as the next government leader. Hariri spoke at the Baabda Palace in Baabda, following a meeting with President Michael Aoun on Monday.

"I nominated ambassador Mustapha Adib to form a government, as we announced yesterday during the meeting of former heads of government," said Hariri.

"Our goal must be to rebuild Beirut, especially after the explosions, to achieve financial and economic reforms that everyone knows about, and to reach a speedy agreement with the International Monetary Fund so that the international community returns to support our country in a way that would help us control the economic collapse and return to growth, God willing," Hariri said.

The nomination comes a few days ahead of a scheduled visit of French President Emmanuel Macron.

On August 4, Beirut was rocked by two port explosions which killed at least 190 people, injured 6,500, and displaced over 300,000.

The blasts triggered violent protests which forced the previous cabinet to resign.

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