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.
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.