Saad Hariri’s return to office has been rejected by protesters who demand change and see him as a symbol of a political class they blame for the country’s woes.
France has been quick to back former PM Saad al Hariri's proposal of an "independent" Shia candidate being given the finance portfolio to end a deadlock between two main Shia parties over ministers.
The protest movement forced the resignation of prime minister Saad Hariri on October 29 and official talks to name his replacement are to start on Monday.
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