4. Various of Hariri walking on carpet past guards
5. Hariri shaking hand with office staff
6. Exterior of Prime Minister's office
7. Mid of traffic
8. Mid of people walking
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Karim Anyseh, local resident:
"I see that it is a new hope. It is a new chance. They should not let it go to waste. A new government is a chance. They should not waste it. They should take the work seriously and us, as a people, we are trying as much as we can, to seek accountability. So we will hold this cabinet accountable."
10. Mid of people walking
11. Mid of seafront promenade
12. SOUNDBITE(Arabic) Eli Tedross, local resident:
"I hope that they will work properly for the people because we are all really tired, with promise after promise. But congratulations. Whoever comes, they are welcome. They should. We need to rest because we have been worn out a lot."
Newly elected Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri assumes office today, following the election of new president Michel Aoun two months ago.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri draws up at the Grand Serail in his official car.
Hariri assumes office today (Tuesday), formally taking over from his predecessor Tammam Salam.
He is received by an honour guard and the stirring pomp of a military band.
Hariri is the son of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, a billionaire businessman and influential politician who was assassinated in 2005 in Beirut. Several Hezbollah members are being tried in absentia for the killing by a UN-backed tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.
The new PM formed a new 30-member national unity Cabinet on Sunday, nearly two months after the new president was elected. The new Cabinet will meet for the first time tomorrow at the presidential palace.
The Grand Serail is the official headquarters of Lebanese Prime Ministers.
Hariri has said that his top priority would be to protect the country from the effects of the civil war in neighbouring Syria.
The Cabinet includes most of the political groups, including the militant Hezbollah.
Local residents say all they want is political stability.
"I see that it is a new hope. It is a new chance. They should not let it go to waste. A new government is a chance," says local resident Karim Anyseh.
Hariri told reporters after Sunday's announcement that his Cabinet's priority will be to "preserve stability that is prevailing Lebanon amid fires that are prevailing around the region."
Hariri, who previously served as prime minister for 14 months until early 2011, began working to form the new Cabinet in early November.