Hariri secures enough support in parliamentary talks to be appointed prime minister and form a government.

Lebanese leader Saad Hariri has secured enough support in parliamentary talks to be appointed prime minister and form a government to tackle the worst crisis since the country’s civil war of 1975-1990.

A series of nominations announced by politicians after consultations with President Michel Aoun showed that Hariri had won the support of 47 MPs, more than the number of MPs who had not yet officially declared their position, Reuters news agency reported on Thursday.

Hariri would still face major challenges in steering Lebanon’s power-sharing policy and agreeing a cabinet to deal with a growing list of problems: a banking crisis, a currency crash, increasing poverty and crippling national debt.

A new government will also face a spike in COVID-19 and the aftermath of the huge August explosion in the port of Beirut, which killed nearly 200 people and caused billions in damage.

The last coalition government of Sunni leader Hariri was overthrown almost exactly a year ago when protests swept across the country, angry at Lebanon’s ruling elite.

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