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Lebanon's Hariri Says Not a Candidate for Premiership

Lebanon's Hariri Says Not a Candidate for Premiership

Monday, 28 September, 2020 - 04:30
FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri speaks during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon October 18, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Lebanon’s former Prime Minister, Saad Hariri, stressed on Sunday that he was not a candidate for the premiership.

In a statement, his press office said that Hariri continues to support the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron.

It considered the initiative as “the only and last opportunity to stop the collapse of Lebanon.”

In a news conference he held in Paris on Sunday, Macron said he would not give up on the initiative to save Lebanon from collapse, but that he was "ashamed" of Lebanon's leaders and would increase pressure on them to change course.

His conference came after Lebanon's prime minister-designate, Mustapha Adib, quit on Saturday following his failure to line up a non-partisan cabinet, dealing a blow to the French plan aimed at rallying sectarian leaders to tackle the country's crisis.

Under the French roadmap, the new government would take steps to tackle corruption and implement reforms needed to trigger billions of dollars of international aid to fix an economy crushed by a huge debt.

But there was deadlock over a demand by Lebanon's two main Shiite groups, Amal and Iran-backed Hezbollah, that they name several ministers, including finance, who will have a big role in drawing up economic rescue plans.

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