Saad Hariri (pictured) has been reappointed as Lebanon's prime minister-designate after stepping down from the post last week when his choice of cabinet members failed to win the approval of the Hezbollah-led opposition.
Saad Hariri has announced that he is to resign as Lebanon's prime minister-designate after efforts to form a government coalition proved fruitless. His proposed line-up met with opposition from the Hezbollah-led opposition earlier this week.
Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah (photo) has rejected the cabinet line-up proposed by prime minister-designate Saad Hariri, saying that the "inadequate" coalition proposal would only complicate the political situation in the country.
Saad al-Hariri, the son of slain former Premier Rafik al-Hariri and the leader of a parliamentary majority, has been named prime minister-designate and charged with forming a new national unity government.
An anti-Syrian coalition led by Saad al-Hariri has defeated Hezbollah and its campaign ally Christian Michel Aoun in Lebanon's parliamentary election, a poll marked by massive, relatively trouble-free participation.
The Lebanese go to the polls on June 7 to elect their parliamentary representatives. More than 580 candidates, including members of Lebanon’s ruling dynasties, are competing for 128 parliamentary seats.
The UN-sponsored Special Tribunal for Lebanon began its trial of late Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri's alleged killers on Sunday in the Hague. The prosecutor has 60 days to request the transfer of the suspects from Lebanon.