Lebanon’s Safadi withdraws candidacy to be next prime minister

epa08001350 A Lebanese protester waves the national flag as protesters arrive at Martyrs' Square following the so-called 'Busta', which means Bus of Revolution, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, 16 November 2019. The bus started its journey from Akkar, in Northern Lebanon, to Tyre in the south, with the aim to unite the whole country divided by sectarianism. EPA-EFE/WAEL HAMZEH

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Former Lebanese finance minister Mohammad Safadi withdrew his candidacy to be the next prime minister on Saturday, saying that he saw that it would have been difficult to form a “harmonious” cabinet supported by all parties.

Safadi, in a statement from his office, said he hoped outgoing prime minister Saad Hariri would be designated again for the post. Hariri quit on Oct. 29 in the face of unprecedented anti-government protests.

Safadi had emerged as a candidate on Thursday when political sources and Lebanese media said three major parties had agreed to support him for the position.

 

Via France 24

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