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Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Hariri steps down amid deadlock

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Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said on Thursday that he was stepping down after failing to form a government for nearly nine months. Hariri announced his decision after meeting President Michel Aoun and said they had failed to reach an agreement on his proposed government line-up. “The president saw that there was no room for agreement, so I apologized for not forming a government, and may God help the country,” Hariri told reporters, looking pale and grim. “We held consultations on the issue of the government, and during the conversation there were amendments requested by the …

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