Politics & Economics

Lebanon speaker: Government delay has negative affect

Middle East

The Lebanese speaker of Parliament, Nabih Berri, said that “procrastination in forming the government has a negative affect on the situation in Lebanon.” This comes after a halt in the government formation following the parliamentary elections that took place in the country on May 6.

Lebanon’s speaker of parliament Nabih Berri said on Wednesday that “procrastination in forming the government has a negative affect on the situation in Lebanon”, al-Manar television reported.

Saad al-Hariri was designated to continue in his role as prime minister and form a government on May 24 after the country’s parliament elections on May 6.

However, progress in bringing together Lebanon’s rival parties to agree on the government formation, including the distribution of cabinet positions, has been slow.

Hariri has said it is vital to form the new government to put Lebanon’s fragile economy back onto a sounder footing.

On Tuesday, a senior World Bank official said Lebanon’s economic situation was unsustainable and the state needed to enact reforms.

Hariri said last week he was more optimistic than before that a new government would be formed.

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Article: Arab News