Lebanese Ex-Minister Hassan Diab to Be Named New Prime Minister

Diab is Expected to Win Majority of Votes from 128-Member Parliament

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Former Minister of Education and Higher Education Hassan Diab is set to be named the new Lebanese prime minister following the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The announcement comes amid months of tensions and anti-government protests with demonstrators calling for the formation of an independent government of specialists and an early general election.

President Michel Aoun will hold a meeting with Lebanon’s 128 legislators on the suitable candidate for the top seat. The outgoing prime minister said he would not participate in the process of selecting the new premier.

Shia groups Hezbollah and Amal and the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) are expected to nominate Diab for the seat.

A prime minister is supposed to be approved by a majority of the 128-member parliament. Hezbollah holds more than 70 seats in the legislature.