July 15, 2021
Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has given up trying to form a new government after nine months of deadlock over its make-up, pushing the country deeper into crisis.
Mr Hariri said it was clear that he would not be able to agree on cabinet positions with President Michel Aoun.
The last government resigned in the wake of the massive explosion in Beirut in August that killed 200 people.
Since then, Lebanon’s severe economic depression has got worse.