Hariri named new Lebanon PM, promises reform cabinet Oct 23, 2020 0 1842 12345 AFPBeirutThree-time Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri was renamed to the post on Thursday to create a reform-orientated cabinet that can lift the country out of its worst economic crisis in decades.Hariri, 50, made his comeback to take on the difficult task almost a year after stepping down under pressure from an unprecedented protest movement demanding a complete overhaul of Lebanon’s political system.The country is under huge international pressure to form a crisis cabinet of independents to address a plummeting economy made worse by the coronavirus pandemic and the devastating blast at the Beirut port on August 4.Immediately after President Michel Aoun named him, the returning premier vowed to form a cabinet of experts, in line with conditions set by French President Emmanuel Macron to help rescue the debt-ridden country from crisis.Hariri said he would “form a cabinet of non politically aligned experts with the mission of economic, financial and administrative reforms contained in the French initiative roadmap”.“I will work on forming a government quickly because time is running out,” he said, calling it the country’s “only and last chance”.He was set to start consulting the country’s various parliamentary blocs from Friday, the parliament said in a statement.Cabinet formation is often a drawn-out process in Lebanon, where a complex governing system seeks to maintain a precarious balance between its various political and religious communities.Hariri himself took eight months to hammer out his last cabinet after 2018 parliamentary elections.His nomination on Thursday was backed by a majority of 65 lawmakers, while 53 abstained from naming anyone during consultations with the president.The parliamentary bloc of the powerful Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah did not give the president a name of a preferred candidate, but its main ally the Amal Movement supported Hariri’s nomination.The UN envoy to Lebanon Jan Kubis said the onus was once again on political parties to back change.“It is the traditional political forces that have again put on themselves to choose the way forward, regardless (of) their numerous failures in the past and deep skepticism about the future,” he wrote on Twitter. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Red Cross Karabakh head urges rivals to spare civilians Oct 23, 2020 0 392 Nigerian prison set on fire after shooting of protesters Oct 23, 2020 0 390 Sudan protester killed as police clear streets, say medics Oct 23, 2020 0 53 Egypt kills 49 in ‘outrageous’ mass executions: HRW Egypt executed 49 prisoners in just 10 days in October, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, calling for authorities to “immediately halt” carrying out death sentences. “Egypt’s mass executions of scores of people in a .. 11 children killed in Afghan air strike that hit mosque AFP Kunduz, Afghanistan An air strike by the Afghan military killed 11 children and a prayer leader at a mosque, local authorities said on Thursday, in an account disputed by the national government. The strike on a .. Landslide kills 11 miners in Indonesia A landslide sparked by heavy rains has killed 11 miners in Indonesia, authorities said on Thursday, marking the latest in a string of deadly mining accidents across the Southeast Asian archipelago.The victims were .. Thailand lifts state of emergency in protest-hit capital Thailand’s government lifted a state of emergency in Bangkok that failed to halt an ongoing pro-democracy movement that has seen daily protests in the capital. A Thursday announcement published in the Royal Gazette ..