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Joumblatt's Progressive Socialist Party backs Nawaf Salam for prime minister

BEIRUT — The Democratic Meeting, a parliamentary bloc affiliated with the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) of Walid Joumblatt, announced on Tuesday its support for the candidacy of Nawaf Salam for prime minister.

Here’s what we know:

    • Nawaf Salam is the former Lebanese ambassador to the United Nations and current judge at the International Court of Justice.

    • The binding parliamentary consultations scheduled for Thursday at the Presidential Palace. A prime minister responsible for forming the new government will have to be appointed following these consultations.

    • In a statement issued after a meeting chaired by Joumblatt, the bloc announced that it will appoint Salam to form the next government, affirming however its intention not to be represented in the future cabinet.

    • The group reiterated its "conviction of the need to form a ministerial team without delay, far from any blockage, so that it can embark on the missions entrusted to it."


BEIRUT — The Democratic Meeting, a parliamentary bloc affiliated with the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) of Walid Joumblatt, announced on Tuesday its support for the candidacy of Nawaf Salam for prime minister.Here’s what we know:     • Nawaf Salam is the former Lebanese ambassador to the United Nations and current judge at the International Court of Justice.    •...