Former Prime Minister Hariri as head of the new government in the crisis-ridden Lebanon

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Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday asked Saad Hariri, a former prime minister, to form a new government to tackle the worst crisis since the country’s 1975-1990 civil war.

Hariri, a Sunni Muslim, won the support of a majority of parliamentarians in consultations with Aoun.

He faces major challenges in navigating Lebanon’s power-sharing policies and agreeing on a cabinet that will then tackle a growing list of miseries: a banking crisis, currency crashes, rising poverty and crippling government debt.

A new government will also have to contend with a Covid-19 wave and the fallout from the huge August explosion in Beirut port that killed nearly 200 people and caused billions of dollars in damage.

( Jowharwith REUTERS)