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Lebanon's Hariri says government formation may take more time

Saad Hariri
It may take Lebanese parties more time to form a coalition government, prime minister designate Saad al-Hariri said on Tuesday more than three months after the general election, according to Reuters.
“Perhaps we need more time to arrive at a final formula,” he said to reporters before a meeting of members of parliament from his party in Beirut.
Lebanese politicians have repeatedly warned that the country - which has one of the world’s highest rates of public debt - urgently needs to put a government in place, but they have jostled over cabinet positions.
“There is no doubt that some sides still stick to their terms, but, as we see, all of them retreat and concede a little,” he said, adding that the new government needed to include all sides.
The May 6 elections delivered a majority for the Shi’ite Hezbollah, backed by Iran, and its parliamentary allies, a reversal of the previous vote in 2009, when groups with Western and Saudi support won most seats.
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