January 31, 2019 / 4:22 PM / in 3 months

Lebanon's Khalil to remain finance minister in new government - senior official

FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's Caretaker Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil speaks during a meeting in Beirut, Lebanon June 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Ali Hassan Khalil will retain the post of finance minister in the new Lebanese government, a senior official said.

Lebanese leaders reached a deal on Thursday to establish a new national unity government, three political sources from different factions said earlier, a step that will end nine months of political wrangling over how to share out cabinet portfolios.

The government led by prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri will be announced on Thursday, the sources said.

Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Kevin Liffey

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