Lebanon's wrangling leaders to meet over government formation

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun is set to meet prime minister-designate Saad Hariri on Monday to discuss the formation of a new government in a bid to break seven months of deadlock. But despite widespread anger at an economic crisis that has reignited street protests against a decades-old ruling class, observers are sceptical the two will clinch a deal. The outgoing government of premier Hassan Diab resigned in the wake of an August 4 explosion at Beirut’s port, that killed more than 200 people and ravaged swaths of the capital. But leaders have failed to agree on a new cabinet lineup. On Mon…

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