Nearly six months after the parliamentary elections in Lebanon, Lebanese officials say that they are set to reach a breakthrough in talks to form the next cabinet. The country has been without a government since May.
Saad al-Hariri wins backing of majority of MPs in official consultations, is expected to launch negotiations on coalition government. Since the post of Prime Minister in Lebanon is reserved for Sunni Muslims, Hariri has become a clear frontrunner for premiership.
Lebanon heads to general elections for the first time in nine years. This is the first elections to include the 82k expat voters, totaling the total registered voters at 3.6 million. This election also sees a new Electoral system in which voters will vote twice, once for coalitions and once for the candidate.