Lebanon: The under-fire premier proposed reforms and addressed the protests in a televised press conference that followed a cabinet meeting during which much-delayed economic reforms and the 2020 budget were approved.
After the declaration of the election results earlier this month, current Prime-Minister, and PM-designate Sa'ad al-Hariri calls on parties to quickly form a coalition government to shield Lebanon from instability.
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.
Before the May 6 vote, leaders from across the deeply divided political establishment sounded the alarm about the state’s finances and economy. Lebanon is the world’s third-most indebted nation with a debt-to-GDP ratio of more than 150 percent
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.