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

Reuters , AP , Sunday 19 Jan 2020
Saad al-Hariri
Saad al-Harir resigned as prime minister in October under pressure from a wave of protests
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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.

 

On Sunday Lebanon's public prosecutor ordered the release 34 people arrested the previous evening after clashes took place between protsters and riot police in the worst day of violence since protests erupted three months ago.

The pitched street battles lasted for nearly nine hours and were among the worst scene of rioting since protests broke out in mid-October.

Protesters have called for more rallies on Sunday.

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