January 21, 2020 / 8:14 PM / a month ago

Lebanon forms new government

Designated Prime Minister Hassan Diab meets with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun and Lebanese Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon Janaury 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon formed a new government on Tuesday, the presidency announced after Shi’ite Hezbollah and its allies clinched a deal on a cabinet that must tackle the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

Heavily indebted Lebanon has been without effective government since Saad al-Hariri resigned as premier in October under pressure from protests against state corruption and waste - root causes of the crisis.

Writing by Ellen Francis; Editing by Chris Reese

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