Lebanon tycoon forgoes PM job | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, November 18, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:59 PM, November 17, 2019

Lebanon tycoon forgoes PM job

Lebanon’s former finance minister has backed down from becoming the protest-hit country’s new prime minister, after reports of his nomination sparked ire among demonstrators railing against the ruling elite.  Wealthy 75-year-old businessman Mohammed Safadi said Saturday it would be difficult to form a “harmonious” government in the country rocked by a month of unprecedented nationwide protests demanding radical reform. The tycoon said in a statement that he hoped outgoing prime minister Saad Hariri, who resigned on October 29 under pressure from the street, would be reinstated.

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