Lebanon Announces Formation of New Government


Lebanon has formed a new government, its presidency announced after Hezbollah and its allies clinched a deal on a cabinet that is now tasked with tackling the country's worst economic crisis in decades.

The country has been without an effective government since caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned in October last year under pressure from protests against state corruption and mismanagement.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab, a 60-year-old professor at the American University of Beirut, now heads a cabinet of 20 members, mostly specialists backed by political parties.

"This is a government that represents the aspirations of the demonstrators who have been mobilised nationwide for more than three months," Diab said.

But Diab's words — and the formation of a new government — failed to satisfy protesters, who have been rallying since October 17.

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Al Jazeera