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French FM to Lebanon’s Leaders: ‘Get Moving’

French FM to Lebanon’s Leaders: ‘Get Moving’

Sunday, 15 December, 2019 - 18:15
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian. AFP file photo
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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Sunday urged Lebanese leaders to push to resolve the country’s political stalemate.

"Political authorities should get moving because the country is in a dramatic situation," he told French public radio.

The government of Saad Hariri resigned in late October under pressure from protests against the political elite that has overseen decades of corruption and bad governance.

Hariri is expected to be named again Lebanon's prime minister.

He wants to lead a cabinet of specialist ministers which he says would be able to tackle the crisis and attract foreign aid, while his opponents want a combination of politicians and experts.

President Michel Aoun's formal consultations with lawmakers to designate the premier, postponed from last week, are scheduled to take place on Monday despite the dispute.

"It should be clear to anyone who might nominate Hariri tomorrow (Monday) that he will only form a government of specialists," a source close to Hariri told Reuters.

Aoun is required to choose the candidate with greatest support among parliament's 128 lawmakers.

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