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January 21, 2022

Lebanese officials postpone meeting on new PM

BEIRUT – Lebanon’s president has postponed consultations with parliament members to appoint a new prime minister, the presidential palace announced Monday, CNN said. The decision to delay talks by a week was announced moments before President Michel Suleiman was to begin meeting with lawmakers.
This small country by the sea has been plunged into another period of political uncertainty, since a political bloc led by the Shiite militant movement Hezbollah withdrew its representatives from the Cabinet last week. The move prompted the collapse of the government of the Western-backed leader Saad Hariri, who has stayed on as caretaker prime minister.

In a televised address Sunday night, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made it clear he would oppose appointing Hariri for another term as prime minister. “It’s clear to me that the opposition is unanimous in not naming Prime Minister Hariri to form the new government,” Nasrallah said.

The collapse of Lebanon’s government has triggered a flurry of diplomatic activity throughout the region. The leaders of Turkey, Syria and Qatar were scheduled to meet in Damascus, Syria, on Monday to discuss the Lebanese crisis. Before departing, Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul he had also spoken to the president of Iran about Lebanon in a phone call.

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