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Lebanon forms long-awaited government amid deep economic crisis

Lebanon has formed a long-awaited government comprising 24 ministers in an effort to tackle the country's worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war ended.

Lebanon has formed a long-awaited government comprising 24 ministers in an effort to tackle the country’s worst economic crisis since the 1975-1990 civil war ended.

Billionaire businessman Najib Mikati, 66 – who was chosen to form a government in July – has presented his Cabinet line-up to President Michel Aoun.

Mikati is the third person to be asked to form a government since Hassan Diab’s government resigned in the wake of the massive explosion at Beirut’s port on August 4, 2020.

On July 15, prime minister-designate Saad Hariri stepped down citing political infighting.

The rivalry among Lebanese political parties has been the main cause of the year-long struggle to form a government.

As a result, the country is suffering from an economic depression. According to a recent UN report, more than 70 per cent of Lebanon’s 6 million people are now living below the poverty line.

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