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Outgoing Lebanese PM says talks underway on new Cabinet

November 7, 2019 GMT
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Student protesters wave national flags as they protest against the government in front of the education ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Lebanese protesters are rallying outside state institutions and ministries to keep up the pressure on officials to form a new government to deal with the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Student protesters wave national flags as they protest against the government in front of the education ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Lebanese protesters are rallying outside state institutions and ministries to keep up the pressure on officials to form a new government to deal with the country's economic crisis. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri says discussions regarding the formation of a new government are underway among various political groups.

Hariri spoke on Thursday after meeting President Michel Aoun. He provided no other details.

Hariri resigned on Oct. 29, meeting a key demand of protesters who have been demonstrating for three weeks across the country against an entire political class they blame for bringing Lebanon to the verge of bankruptcy.

Aoun is required to set a date for binding consultations with heads of parliamentary blocs to name a new prime minister. But he has yet to do that, nine days after Hariri’s resignation.

The demonstrations have continued, meanwhile, as protesters accuse politicians of dragging their feet while an economic and financial crisis worsens.