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Lebanon president says ministers should be picked on skills

AFP , Thursday 31 Oct 2019
Lebanese President Michel Aoun
Lebanese President Michel Aoun addressing the nation on the third anniversary of his presidency from the presidential palace in Baabda, Beirut, on Thursday (Photo: AFP)

Lebanon's president Thursday said the country's next cabinet should include ministers picked on skills, not political affiliation, seemingly endorsing the demand by a two-week-old protest movement for a technocratic government.

"Ministers should be selected based on their qualifications and experience, not their political loyalties," Michel Aoun said in a televised speech on the third anniversary of his presidency.

It came after Prime Minster Saad Hariri Tuesday submitted the resignation of his cabinet.

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