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Lebanon's PM-designate briefs gov't formation

01-31-2011 08:18 BJT

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Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati has briefed President Michel Suleiman over the weekend on consultations with lawmakers on forming a new government.

Mikati was appointed just this past week. He did not make any comments after his meeting with President Suleiman. But a statement from the Lebanese presidency says the two leaders agreed that the new government faces political and socio-economic challenges.

Lebanese newspapers report that Mikati's cabinet would be a mix of politicians and technocrats, and would likely have 24 to 30 members. Mikati held two days of talks with parliamentary blocs on forming his government.

The coalition headed by outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri will not take part in the new government, as Hariri says it was appointed by Hezbollah.




Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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