Lebanon PM-designate steps down amid impasse over gov’t formation

Lebanon PM-designate steps down amid impasse over gov’t formation

Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib has announced his resignation amid political impasse over government formation.

In a televised address on Saturday, Adib said he was stepping down from “the task of forming the government” following a meeting with President Michel Aoun, after his efforts to line up a non-partisan cabinet ran into trouble, particularly over who would run the finance ministry.

The formation of government in Lebanon has been hit by a logjam over the demand of two dominant Shia parties – Iran-backed Hezbollah and its ally, the Amal Movement – to name Shia ministers in the cabinet.

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