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Lebanon's Hariri: 'stop wasting time' in government talks, economic solutions

FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri speaks after meeting with President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir reuters_tickers
This content was published on January 19, 2020 - 12:24

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri on Sunday urged politicians to urgently form a new government and find solutions for the country's economic crisis, after a night of violent clashes between security forces and protesters.

"There is a roadmap to calm the popular storm. Stop wasting time, form a government, open the door to political and economic solutions," tweeted Hariri, who resigned as prime minister in October under pressure from a wave of protests.

"To keep the army, security forces and protesters in a state of confrontation is to circle inside the problem," he said.

(Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)

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