Lebanon's Saad Hariri has been assigned for his third term as prime minister, less than three weeks after he conceded losses in a parliamentary election.
Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri has been assigned for a third term in office on Thursday, less than three weeks after elections that saw his movement lose ground in parliament.
“The head of state summoned Prime Minister Saad Hariri and tasked him with forming a government,” said a statement posted on social media by the office of President Michel Aoun.
The presidency made the announcement after Hariri, 48, was endorsed by a vast majority of members of parliament after only a few hours of consultations.
Hariri said in a statement that he would seek to form a new government as quickly as possible in order to implement some of the reforms pledged earlier this year to secure key foreign aid.
“I thank all my fellow deputies who entrusted me with forming a new government, hoping we will do so as soon as possible for the benefit of Lebanon and the Lebanese,” he said.
Speaking to reporters before leaving the presidential palace, he reaffirmed his policy of “disassociation”, a term used to describe efforts to keep Lebanon out of the region’s conflicts.
“The new government will need to consolidate its policy of disassociation and continue efforts to face the refugee crisis,” he said.