January 21, 2020 / 8:18 PM / a month ago

Lebanon forms new government

Designated Prime Minister Hassan Diab meets with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon Janaury 21, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon formed a new government on Tuesday, the presidency announced after Shi’ite Hezbollah and its allies clinched a deal on a cabinet that must tackle the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

Heavily indebted Lebanon has been without effective government since Saad al-Hariri resigned as premier in October under pressure from protests against state corruption and waste - root causes of the crisis.

Writing by Ellen Francis; Editing by Chris Reese

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