Jan 21, 2020 17:57 UTC
  • Lebanon’s Hariri says he does not want to return to premiership

Lebanon’s caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri says he does not intend to return to the premiership and head a new government, stating that he has moved on from the post and that he is not obstructing the formation of a new cabinet amid a deep financial crisis.

“Analyses that say the obstruction of government formation is linked to my return to the premiership are simply delusions and undisguised attempts to make me responsible for the obstruction,” Hariri wrote in a series of posts published on his official Twitter page on Tuesday.

He added, “My decisive decision is that [the premiership] is behind me, and that my resignation responded to people’s anger in order to open the way for a new phase.”

Hariri then rejected rumors that he is behind the delay in the formation of a new government, reiterating his call for the formation of a new government.

Parliament 2020 budget session postponed to Jan. 27-28

Separately, a parliament session set to discuss and endorse the draft 2020 state budget was postponed until next week.

Lebanon’s official National News Agency said on Tuesday that legislators were initially scheduled to hold sessions on January 22-23, but it was postponed until January 27-28.

Lebanon is hoping to reduce its budget deficit and push through economic reforms amid worsening economic and political crises.

Prime Minister-designate Hassan Diab has vowed to form a government made up of “independent specialists,” who do not belong to political parties.