President Aoun designates Hassan Diab as Lebanon’s next prime minister
On December 19, Lebanon’s president Michel Aoun designated Hassan Diab as the next prime minister of Lebanon, according to a televised statement.
Lebanon’s Deputy Parliament Speaker Elie Ferzli, an ally of the Iran-backed Hezbollah, said earlier on December 19 that he had nominated former minister Diab to be prime minister, indicating that the Shia group and its allies had agreed on Diab for the position.
Diab emerged as a candidate for the position at the last minute when outgoing Prime Minister Saad Hariri withdrew his candidacy for a job the vacancy for which had to be filled by a Sunni Muslim in Lebanon’s sectarian system.
Aoun held formal consultations throughout the day with Lebanon’s 128 lawmakers regarding their choice of prime minister.