Lebanon’s Bassil says Aoun-Hariri partnership will lead to government

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LONDON (Reuters) – The partnership between Lebanon’s president and designated prime minister, along with the national consensus, “will certainly lead to the formation of a new government, despite all obstacles,” its foreign minister said on Wednesday.

Gebran Bassil, a member of President Michel Aoun’s party, was speaking at an investment conference in London where Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri is due to speak later on Wednesday. Lebanon’s political parties have failed to form a new government since a general election that was held in May.

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri gestures during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon, November 13, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
FILE PHOTO: Lebanese Foreign Minister in the caretaker government Gebran Bassil getsures as he talks during a news conference in Beirut, Lebanon October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

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