Top Lebanese politician Saad Hariri has won enough support in parliamentary talks to become prime minister and form a government to deal with the country’s worst crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war.
The number of nominations announced by politicians in consultation with President Michel Aoun indicated that Hariri had won the support of 47 lawmakers, more than the number of lawmakers who had not officially declared their positions, Reuters reported Thursday.
Hariri will continue to face major challenges in directing Lebanon’s power-sharing government and forming a cabinet which must then respond to a growing list of problems: banking crises, falling currency, rising poverty and crippling national debt.
The new government must also deal with the wave of COVID-19 and the aftermath of a massive explosion in the port of Beirut in August that killed nearly 200 people and caused billions of damage.
Sunni leader Hariri’s last coalition government was overthrown nearly a year ago when protests swept throughout the country and raged against Lebanon’s ruling elite.