Lebanon PM-designate fails to form government


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Lebanon’s prime minister-designate stepped down after failing to form a unity government with groups including Hezbollah.

Saad al-Hariri on Thursday said he would step down after trying for 10 weeks to form a government.

Hariri had presented President Michel Suleiman with a proposed national unity government on Monday, which was rejected by Hezbollah.

The proposal had given Hezbollah two seats in the new government.

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