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Today’s announcement that Saad Hariri is resigning as Prime Minister-designate is yet another disappointing development for the Lebanese people.

It is critical that a government committed and able to implement priority reforms be formed now.  The government must also start preparing for the 2022 parliamentary elections, which should be held on-time and conducted in a free and fair manner.

Lebanon’s political class has squandered the last nine months.  The Lebanese economy is in free-fall, and the current government is not providing basic services in a reliable fashion.  Leaders in Beirut must urgently put aside partisan differences and form a government that serves the Lebanese people.  That is what the people of Lebanon desperately need.

U.S. Department of State

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