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Protests Erupt in Lebanon as President Names New Prime Minister

HeadlineDec 20, 2019

In Lebanon, President Michel Aoun has named a former education minister and university professor as the next prime minister, after massive anti-government protests forced Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign in late October. Hassan Diab is a professor at the American University of Beirut who is backed by Christian and Shiite political parties, including Hezbollah. On Thursday, crowds poured into the streets of Beirut and other cities to protest Diab’s nomination. This is Marwa El Basha in Beirut.

Marwa El Basha: “We are here today because we are not satisfied with the newly imposed prime minister, that was imposed without our consent nor the consent of many in Lebanon. We went to the streets to make our voice heard.”

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