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Lebanon President Asks Hariri Gov’t to Hold Off Quitting

Lebanon President Asks Hariri Gov’t to Hold Off Quitting
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By Staff, Agencies

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun on Wednesday acknowledged the government's resignation following almost two weeks of unprecedented protests but asked to wait until a new cabinet is formed before quitting.

Aoun "asked the government to continue to conduct affairs until a new cabinet is formed", his office said in a statement, referencing the constitutional provision for cases in which the government steps down.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his cabinet's resignation on Tuesday, the 13th day of a wave of protests triggered by a proposed tax on calls via free phone applications.

Though that proposal was then scrapped, the demonstrations swelled into a broad cross-sectarian call for an end to a political system viewed as corrupt and inefficient. Many of the country's ruling elite hail from political parties or families that have been in power since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war.

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