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Talks to begin next week on new Lebanese govt

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Talks to begin next week on new Lebanese govt


The Lebanese President says formal talks on the creation of a new government will begin on Monday.

Michel Suleiman has already asked Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to lead a caretaker administration after the collapse of his government.

Hezbollah ministers and their cabinet allies resigned amid disagreements about a UN-backed court investigating the killing of Hariri’s father.

One man in Beirut said: “Even if they are going to rename Hariri as prime minister, we are going to fall into the same impasse. Nothing is going to change with politicians who don’t take people into account.”

A woman said: “The worst has happened. The Lebanese have seen everything that is bad. We hope to have a calm situation.”

The political crisis came just before Hezbollah was expected to be indicted over the 2005 murder of Rafik al-Hariri. The group has denied any involvement.

Our correspondent in Beirut, Ali El Takach, said: “The collapse of the Lebanese government has opened the door to all possibilities and the whole country is cautiously waiting to see what happens.”

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