1. Saad Hariri arriving at the presidential palace
Beirut - 3 November 2016
2. President of the Republic Michel Aoun (centre) meeting with parliament speaker Nabih Berri (left) and Saad Hariri (right)
3. Close of Saad Hariri's face
4. President of the Republic Michel Aoun (centre) meeting with parliament speaker Nabih Berri (left) and Saad Hariri (right)
Beirut - 3 November 2016
4. Saad Hariri walking to the podium
5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Saad Hariri, Prime Minister-appointed:
"Now I look forward to begin the consultations for the formation of a national unity government, which surpasses all political divisions and it's based on the consensus of all political forces after what the president said."
6. Cameraman filming
7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Saad Hariri, Prime Minister-appointed:
"This is a new era and I have hope in this positive moment which will end the suffering of our nation and our people. For the last two-years-and-a-half there was vacuum and paralysis, I will be forming a government quickly so that it can work on a new electoral law which will provide a just representation and also hold new parliamentary elections."
Lebanon's newly-elected president, Michel Aoun, on Thursday asked former Premier Saad Hariri to form a new government after he secured an overwhelming parliamentary majority to be named as the next prime minister.
Aoun's office made the announcement after two days of consultations with lawmakers over their choice of prime minister. The statement didn't say how many lawmakers supported Hariri for the post.
Aoun, a Christian leader and strong ally of the Shiite Hezbollah group, was elected by Parliament as president on Monday, ending a 29-month presidential vacuum.
His election was made possible after Hariri endorsed him for president based on an understanding that Aoun would then appoint him as prime minister.
According to Lebanon's sectarian-based power-sharing system, the president must be a Maronite Christian, the prime minister a Muslim Sunni and the parliament speaker a Shiite Muslim.
The Aoun-Hariri deal is an unlikely partnership between rivals: Aoun, a long-time Syrian foe now allied with pro-Syrian forces, and Hariri, a vocal opponent of President Bashar Assad and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah.
Hariri is the son of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in a massive seaside bombing in 2005 in Beirut. Several Hezbollah members are being tried in absentia by a Netherlands-based UN-backed tribunal.
Hariri was a political novice thrown into politics when he took over his father's political mantle after he was killed.
He headed a 14-month national unity government from late 2009 until early 2011, which collapsed after Hezbollah and its allies resigned from the Cabinet in a dispute over upcoming indictments in Hariri's assassination.