No agreement on Lebanon government after president, PM-designate meet

2021-03-22 06:41:00 PM

Politicians have since late 2019 failed to agree a rescue plan to unlock foreign cash which Lebanon desperately needs.

Politicians have since late 2019 failed to agree a rescue plan to unlock foreign cash which Lebanon desperately needs.

There was no agreement on a new Lebanese cabinet after a scheduled meeting on Monday between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri, dashing hopes for an end to five months of political deadlock and a reversal of the country's financial meltdown.

"This is a catastrophe for the country, we were holding on by a thread but now we’re heading towards a total crash," one official source told Reuters.Hariri said Aoun had insisted on a blocking majority in government for his political allies.

Aoun sent a list suggesting different scenarios for a cabinet of either 18,20 or 22 ministers, with names to be filled in, Hariri said."This is unacceptable because it is not the job of the prime minister-designate to fill forms from someone else or of the president to form a government."

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