November 6, 2017 / 5:46 PM / a year ago

Too early to talk about Lebanon's government resigning - parliament speaker

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s parliamentary speaker said on Monday it was too early to talk about the country’s government having resigned or the formation of a new government after Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said at the weekend he would stand down.

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri is seen at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, November 6, 2017. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS

President Michel Aoun said on Sunday he will not decide whether to accept or reject the prime minister’s resignation until Hariri returns to Lebanon from Saudi Arabia, from where he made the announcement.

Speaker Nabih Berri said in a televised statement he agreed with Aoun’s statement.

Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Catherine Evans

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