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AFP
September 27, 2020

Lebanese prime minister-designate resigns amid impasse

World

AFP
September 27, 2020

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s premier-designate stepped down on Saturday, saying he had been unable to form a reform-minded government to lift the country out of its worst economic crisis in decades.

Lebanon’s last government resigned in the aftermath of a colossal blast in Beirut port on August 4 that killed more than 190 people, wounded thousands and ravaged swathes of the capital.

Since his nomination on August 31, Mustapha Adib has been under pressure to form a new cabinet as soon as possible to carry out the necessary reforms to unlock billions of dollars in foreign aid.

“I excuse myself from continuing the task of forming the government,” Adib said in a televised speech.

“I apologise to the Lebanese people... for my inability to realise its aspirations for a reformist team,” he said.