Lebanese premier accuses Hezbollah of blocking government

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Source: Associated Press

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister-designate on Tuesday accused Hezbollah of hindering the formation of a new government six months after parliamentary elections were held, a reflection of growing tensions amid serious concerns over the country’s faltering economy.

At a press conference in Beirut, Saad Hariri said “it’s Hezbollah, full stop,” when asked who was blocking the formation of a government. He said the Shiite militant group bears full responsibility for the consequences, including Lebanon’s flagging economy.

Hariri stopped short of resigning, however, saying there was still an opportunity to bridge the differences.

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