PM candidate Samir Khatib withdraws from race

Uncategorized Taufiq Sugeng 09-Dec-2019

Samir Khatib said on December 8 he is withdrawing from consideration for the election, exacerbating the country’s political crisis.

He said that the country’s top Sunni religious authority told him the community supports the re-appointment of former and caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who resigned on Oct 29th as a result of anti-government protesters.

Under Lebanon’s sectarian based political system, the Prime minister must come from the Sunni Muslim community, the President is chosen from the Maronite Christian community and the Parliament Speaker from the ranks of the Shi’ite Muslims.