Lebanese PM-designate steps down amid political turmoil
Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib has announced his resignation amid a deadlock over government formation in the crisis-hit country.
In a televised address on Saturday, Adib said he was stepping down from “the task of forming the government” following a meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun.
He also noted that the kind of cabinet that he wanted to establish “was bound to fail” and that he was keen on protecting national unity.
“I apologize to the Lebanese people,” he added.
The announcement came almost a month after Adib, former Lebanese ambassador to Berlin, was appointed by the president to form a new government.
Lebanon is currently mired in the country’s worst economic and financial crisis in its modern history.
It has been waiting for a new administration since outgoing Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned on August 10, a few days after a powerful explosion in the capital killed more than nearly 200 people, injured thousands and caused losses worth billions of dollars.