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Lebanon's Hariri says optimistic on government formation

Live: Press conference of Lebanese PM Saad Hariri
Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday he was more optimistic than before that a new government would be formed, according to Reuters. 
“In the coming days we will complete the positive consultations with the president ... and God willing, matters are on the way to a solution,” he said in televised remarks after meeting President Michel Aoun.
“I am more optimistic than at any other time,” he added.
Foreign donors have said Lebanon, which held a parliamentary election on May 6, needs to form a government quickly to maintain confidence and start working on reforms to help its ailing economy.
Nearly all the new members of parliament backed Hariri to continue as prime minister in consultations with Aoun after the election, leading to his designation for the role.
In June he said he was “very close” to forming the government.
The new government, like the last one, is expected to include most major parties within Lebanon’s sectarian power-sharing system.
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