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Lebanon's Hariri says is not a candidate for PM

BEIRUT, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday he is not a candidate for prime minister but insisted that formal consultations to designate a new premier take place on Thursday as scheduled.

“I announce that I will not be a candidate to form the coming government,” Hariri, prime minister in the outgoing government, said in a statement.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Jon Boyle

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