The halt in protests was also partly due to the holidays followed by soaring regional tensions between the US and Iran that eclipsed the protesters in Lebanon and Iraq demanding sweeping political change.
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Diab faces huge challenges in trying to form a consensual government that would also satisfy protesters who have been on the streets since mid-October, looking to do away with an entire political class they deem corrupt.
Hariri's statement came as anger boiled over in Beirut after a video deemed offensive to the country’s Shia population was circulated online.
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The protests come hours after President Michel Aoun postponed consultation to select a new prime minister after weeks of largely peaceful street protests descended into weekend violence, leaving dozens wounded.
Hundreds of people had been marching in the capital as part of a historic wave of protests that has swept Lebanon since October 17, furious at a ruling elite that steered the country towards its worst economic crisis in decades.
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.
Tuesday marks the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A consensus on businessman Samir Khatib appeared to form last week among the main parties, including Saad al Hariri. But Khatib failed to win enough backing from the Sunni Muslim establishment for the position.
Lebanon is deep in the throes of an economic crisis that has shaken confidence in the country's banks and worsened since the protests erupted on October 17.
Caretaker PM Saad Hariri says he did not want to be premier of a new government, putting the onus on adversaries to find an alternative who can steer the protest-hit country out of the crisis.
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