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Lebanon speaker: Delay in forming government has negative affect

Nabih Berri, Speaker of the parliament of Lebanon
Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in Lebanon [File photo]

Lebanon’s Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri said today that “procrastination in forming the government has a negative effect on the situation in Lebanon”, Al-Manar television reported.

Saad Hariri was designated to continue in his role as prime minister and form a government on 24 May after the country’s parliament elections on 6 May.

However, progress in bringing together Lebanon’s rival parties to agree on the government formation, including the distribution of cabinet positions, has been slow.

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Hariri has said it is vital to form the new government to put Lebanon’s fragile economy back onto a sounder footing.

Yesterday, a senior World Bank official said Lebanon’s economic situation was unsustainable and the state needed to enact reforms.

Hariri said last week he was more optimistic than before that a new government would be formed.

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