Saad Hariri

Report: No Breakthrough in Cabinet Formation Efforts

All endeavors exerted so far to lineup a new Cabinet in Lebanon have failed to break the stalemate hampering the formation, media reporters said on …

Middle East

Moussa to Asharq Al-Awsat: We Need a Cabinet Capable of Salvaging Lebanon

MP Michel Moussa, a member of Speaker Nabih Berri’s parliamentary bloc, told Asharq Al-Awsat on Thursday that the delay in Lebanon’s government …

Middle East

Hariri’s designation as PM designate is final, cannot be withdrawn , says expert

In response to reports that the parliament is capable of withdrawing the cabinet formation task from the premier because of the delay in forming the …

South Asia

Lebanon's Speaker Alludes to Holding Session on Cabinet Formation Delay

Efforts to form a new government have been paralyzed by demands made by some parties for bigger shares as no breakthrough is expected in the coming …

Middle East

Lebanon: Stormy Hariri-Bassil Relationship

The deal struck between Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) more than 18 months ago to bring Michel Aoun into …

Middle East

No End in Sight in Lebanon’s Cabinet Formation Impasse

Recent efforts exerted by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri have failed to make a breakthrough in the government formation process. The stalled …

Middle East

Lebanon’s PM-Designate Expects Swift Government Formation

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri resumed his efforts to form the new government following his return from Saudi Arabia where he spent …

Middle East

Embattled Merkel in Lebanon amid heated asylum debate

BEIRUT (AFP) -<p>German Chancellor Angela Merkel held talks in Beirut Thursday, on the second leg of a Middle East trip that comes amid an acrimonious debate at home over refugee policy.<p>Merkel met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, whose office said they discussed the latest developments in Lebanon and …

Middle East

Lebanon’s Government Formation Faces 3 Obstacles

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has so far failed to reach a breakthrough in the cabinet lineup as political parties held onto their stances in …

Middle East

Hariri Breaks Government Lineup Stalemate by Proposing Ministerial Shares

The visit of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri to the Presidential Palace in Baabda on Monday to offer President Michel Aoun his perception of the …

Middle East

Lebanon: Efforts to Contain Dispute between Bassil, Amal Movement over Honorary Consuls

Efforts are underway to contain a new crisis that erupted between two ministers in the Lebanese caretaker government – Finance Minister Ali Hassan …

Middle East

Lebanon: Government Formation Stuck at Distribution of Portfolios

The impossible demands set by Lebanon’s political parties wishing to earn the biggest ministerial representation in the next government, drove fears …

Middle East

Dispute Erupts between Lebanese PM, FM over Freezing of UNHCR Residency Applications

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri condemned on Friday Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil for his “unilateral” decision to freeze the …

Middle East

Lebanon Cabinet Lineup Negotiations Get an Official Kickoff

Serious negotiations on the formation of a new government will accelerate on Monday after Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s return from …

Middle East

Lebanon PM in second trip to Saudi since surprise resignation

BEIRUT (AFP) -<p>Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri headed to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for the second time since his shock resignation in the kingdom last year.<p>On November 4, Hariri announced he was stepping down in a televised address from Riyadh, sparking rumours he was being detained against his …

South Asia

Hezbollah Demands Ministerial Portfolio for its Sunni Allies

A request made by Hezbollah for a ministerial portfolio to its Sunni allies in the new parliament was on Monday seen as an obstacle to the cabinet …

Middle East

‘Hezbollah’ Sets 2 Main Conditions in Lebanese Govt. Negotiations

As efforts kick off to form a new government in Lebanon, the Shiite duo of “Hezbollah” and the Amal Movement are seeking to invest their alleged …

Middle East

Lebanon's premier Saad Hariri chosen to form new Cabinet

Lebanon's president formally asked caretaker premier Saad Hariri on Thursday to form a new Cabinet after the vast majority of legislators named him …

South Asia

Saad Hariri secures third term as Lebanon’s prime minister | Financial Times

Saad Hariri secured a third term as Lebanon’s prime minister on Thursday after he won the backing of the majority of parliamentarians to retain the …

South Asia

Lebanon's Hariri to become prime minister for third time

BEIRUT, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday issued a decree designating caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri as the new …

South Asia

Lebanon's Saad Hariri gets new term as PM: presidency

BEIRUT (AFP) -<p>Lebanese lawmakers designated Prime Minister Saad Hariri for a third term in office Thursday, less than three weeks after elections that saw his movement lose ground in parliament.<p>"The head of state summoned prime minister Saad Hariri and tasked him with forming a government," said a …

South Asia

Top Hariri aides out after poor showing in Lebanon vote

BEIRUT (AFP) -<p>Three key aides of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri were fired or resigned, his office has revealed, a week after a disastrous showing in the country's first general election in almost a decade.<p>Hariri's Future Movement lost a third of its seats in the May 6 vote, ceding ground to …

South Asia

Hariri Congratulates Women on Winning Six Parliament Seats

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday congratulated women of Lebanon for winning six parliament seats in Sunday’s general elections, up from just …

South Asia

Lebanon's winds of change: Hezbollah and allies gain, Hariri's support slides

Voters cast ballots on Sunday in Lebanon's first parliamentary elections since 2009, with early results showing Lebanese PM Saad Hariri's party losing a third of its seats while Hezbollah made gains. Watch our special edition of the FRANCE 24 Debate from Beirut.<p>Produced by Michele BARBERO, Tommaso …

Middle East

Hezbollah and its allies make electoral gains in Lebanon

Unofficial results are showing that Hezbollah and its political allies made significant gains in Lebann.<p>They appear to have won just over half of all parliamentary seats.<p>It doesn’t give the Iranian-backed movement overall power though.<p>Sunni Prime Minister Saad Hariri is likely to keep his job and …

Middle East

Lebanon PM Hariri says party loses third of seats

BEIRUT (AFP) -<p>Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Monday that his Sunni-dominated political movement had lost a third of its seats in parliament following the country's first general election in nine years.<p>Hariri said the results, which have not yet been officially announced, credit his …

Middle East

Hezbollah claims victory, PM Hariri loses a third of seats in Lebanon's parliamentary vote

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Monday that his Sunni-dominated political movement had lost a third of its seats in parliament while Hezbollah claimed victory in early results.<p>Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah claimed victory on Monday after elections it said legitimised its military …

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Hezbollah and allies set for majority in Lebanon elections

The Iran-backed Hezbollah group and allies won just over half the seats in Lebanon's first parliamentary election in nine years. The vote dealt a …

South Asia

Special Coverage: The FRANCE 24 Debate reports from Beirut

Voters cast ballots Sunday in Lebanon's first parliamentary elections since 2009, with early results showing Lebanese PM Saad Hariri’s party losing a third of its seats while Hezbollah made gains. Watch the FRANCE 24 Debate from Beirut.<p>FRANCE 24’s Sanam Shantyaei speaks to Lebanese Education …

Middle East

Lebanon Holds 1st Parliamentary Elections in 9 Years

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's polling stations have opened for the first parliamentary elections in nine years.<p>Sunday's vote is taking place amid tight …

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