Voter turnout exceeded 50 percent in many regions, says Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who voices hope that the elections would bring a new parliament that helps the country recover from its economic crisis.
Turkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Lebanon’s PM Najib Mikati discuss Ankara-Beirut relations, cooperation and assistance.
A diplomatic crisis emerged between Saudi Arabia, its allies and Lebanon after the airing of comments by then information minister Georges Kordahi criticising a Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.
An IMF delegation will visit the Middle Eastern country in late January or early February to lay out “the final formula for the agreement."
Roads were closed with burning tyres, set ablaze by protesters, after the Lebanese pound sank to more than 25,000 against US dollar last week.
Many hold the view that elections are the last play at power, which may be the catalyst for a new independent government.
The new cabinet won the vote of confidence from the parliament during a session that was delayed due to a power outage, which underscores the multiple crises in the small Mediterranean nation amid an unprecedented economic meltdown.
Najib Mikati says he is not worried about possible US sanctions "because the operation was carried out without the involvement of the Lebanese government."
Government formation ends a 13-month vacuum that saw the Arab country slide deeper into one of the worst crises in its history.
Lebanese leaders are wary of relying on Tehran to meet country's energy needs but have no other option.
The bloc said it is ready to impose sanctions on Lebanon's ruling elite, including a travel ban and asset freeze, for obstructing the process of forming a functioning government.
New PM-designate Najib Mikati meets with top political parties, including Hezbollah movement and Free Patriotic Movement founded by President Michel Aoun, in attempt to form a government.
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