Lebanese PM-designate Hariri quits

Hariri quited after more than 10 weeks of trying to form a unity government with opposition groups including Hezbollah.

Lebanese PM-designate Hariri quits

Lebanese prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Thursday he was stepping down after more than 10 weeks of trying to form a unity government with opposition groups including Hezbollah.

Hezbollah and its allies rejected a draft government proposed by Hariri this week.

Hariri said he had held "rounds and rounds of consultations which always ended in obstruction".

"I announce to all Lebanese that I told President Suleiman today that I will step down from forming a government, in the hope that this decision will be for the benefit of Lebanon," Hariri said after a meeting with President Michel Suleiman.

Suleiman is expected to call for a new round of consultations with lawmakers to nominate a new prime minister. It is widely expected that Hariri will be selected once again because of his majority in the parliament.


Reuters

Last Mod: 10 Eylül 2009, 15:55
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