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Saad Hariri becomes Prime Minister of Lebanon again


Beirut: Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri was on Thursday reappointed Prime Minister for a third time following a vote in parliament, an official said.

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The news comes after two days of parliamentary consultations with newly elected President Michel Aoun, Efe news reported.

“Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has issued a decree on November 3, on appointing Saad Hariri for the post of the Prime Minister of the country,” Sputnik news quoted a presidential administrative representative as saying.

Aoun, 83, a former army chief, was elected President on Monday in the Lebanese parliament, filling a vacancy almost two and a half years old.

Hariri, who heads al-Mustaqbal Movement, said he hopes a government of “national accord” would be formed soon, Xinhua news agency reported.

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He is the son of Rafic Hariri, the former Lebanese Prime Minister who was assassinated in 2005 in Beirut.