WORLD Lebanon's Hariri says 'optimistic' about government formation

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Lebanon's Hariri says 'optimistic' about government formation

Xinhua

02:57, October 04, 2018

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. (Photo: AP)

BEIRUT, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said Wednesday he is optimistic about forming a government soon, Lebanon's presidency website reported.

"I agreed with the president on the urgency of forming a government very soon due to the difficult economic situation. There will be another meeting with President Aoun soon in this regard," said Hariri following his meeting with President Michel Aoun in Baabda Palace.

Hariri also emphasized the need for a government to deal with all challenges facing Lebanon including the latest Israeli threats.

Hariri has been facing various hurdles to form a 30-member national unity government over the representations of the main Christian parties, the Druze sect and the Sunni representations outside Hariri's Future Movement.

Local analysts warned on several occasions against the negative repercussions of further delay in cabinet formation.

Ghazi Wazne, a Lebanese independent economist, previously told Xinhua that the delay is sending a negative message to both investors and tourists. 

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