Sun, 25 Oct 2020

BEIRUT, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Newly appointed Lebanese Prime Minister Mustapha Adib declared on Saturday his failure to form a new cabinet given his inability to overcome obstacles hindering his mission, al-Jadeed local TV channel reported.

"It has become clear for me that the consensus no longer exists noting that the efforts have reached their final stages," Adib said from Baabda Palace following his meeting with President Michel Aoun.

Adib apologized to the Lebanese people, stressing that "the initiative of French President Emmanuel Macron must continue because it expresses the sincere intention of France."

Adib was appointed on Aug. 31 to form a new cabinet following the resignation of Caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab's cabinet after the blasts that rocked Beirut on Aug. 4.

However, Adib's efforts faced several obstacles including the insistence of the two Shiite political parties to hold the Finance Ministry and name the Shiite ministers in the new cabinet.

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