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World Lebanon announces formation of new government

05:55  22 january  2020
05:55  22 january  2020 Source:   france24.com

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BEIRUT (Sputnik) - The Lebanese presidency announced on Tuesday the formation of a new Cabinet amid nationwide anti- government rallies that were triggered by increasing costs of living, new taxes and fees.

TRT World spoke to Sami Nader, the Director of Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs, for his analysis.

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A new Cabinet was announced in crisis-hit Lebanon late Tuesday, breaking a months-long impasse amid ongoing mass protests against the country's ruling elite.

Hassan Diab, a 60-year-old professor at the American University of Beirut, now heads a Cabinet of 20 members, mostly specialists backed by political parties.

Michel Aoun, Jon Wellinghoff are posing for a picture © Mohamed Azakir, REUTERS The move, which comes three months after former Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned, is unlikely to satisfy protesters.

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Lebanon has formed a new government , the presidency announced after Hezbollah and its allies clinched a deal on a cabinet that must tackle the country's worst economic crisis in decades. Heavily indebted Lebanon has been without effective government since Saad al-Hariri resigned as premier

The new government will include most Lebanese political factions, who have been negotiating the makeup of the cabinet since elections in May of last year, in which allies of the Hezbollah Lebanese government New government in Lebanon Lebanon Announces Formation of New Government .

They have been calling for sweeping reforms in Lebanon and a government made up of independent technocrats that could deal with the country's crippling economic and financial crisis, the worst this tiny Mediterranean country has faced in decades.

The country has been without a government since Hariri resigned on Oct. 29, two weeks into the unprecedented nationwide protest movement.

Pictures: Anti-Government protests in Lebanon

a close up of a person wearing a costume: Lebanese demonstrator Cynthia Aboujaoude, her face painted as DC comic book and film character

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