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Saad al-Hariri new Lebanon PM

Lebanese President Michel Aoun has asked Saad al-Hariri, a prominent Sunni politician, to form a new government as prime minister after he secured the support of a majority of MPs, according to a presidential statement.
●    Hariri was endorsed by 110 members of the 127-seat parliament on Thursday, with only Hezbollah, the Syrian Social National Party and the Lebanese Baath party - all supporters of Syria's government - declining to back him as prime minister.
●    Hezbollah is an armed Shia group which also has representation in parliament.
●    But his return was assured as part of the deal he struck to throw his support behind former general Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally.
●    Nabih Berri, the parliament speaker, indicated on Thursday that he was ready to cooperate in efforts to set up a new government led by Hariri, softening earlier objections that threatened to hold up its formation.

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