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Lebanese president postpones consultations to select new PM

The government stepped down on 29 October in the face of unprecedented nationwide protests, but bitterly divided political parties have failed to agree on a new premier ever since.

FILE: Lebanese protesters gather next to burning tyres to block the southern entrance of the capital of north Lebanon Tripoli, as anti-government demonstrations continued on 12 November 2019 across the country. Picture: AFP

BEIRUT - Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Monday postponed consultations to select a new prime minister, after violent clashes erupted over the weekend between protesters and security forces.

"President Aoun responded to the wishes of (caretaker) prime minister Saad Hariri to postpone parliamentary consultations until Thursday 19 December," the presidency announced on Twitter.

The government stepped down on 29 October in the face of unprecedented nationwide protests, but bitterly divided political parties have failed to agree on a new premier ever since.