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Nabih Berri

Saad al-Hariri named as Prime Minister of Lebanon

BEIRUT: Lebanon's president asked Saad al-Hariri to form a new government on Thursday, after he won the support of a majority of MPs including the influential parliament speaker who said he would cooperate with efforts to set up the new cabinet. Hariri's nomination is part of a political deal that resulted in him endorsing one of his political opponents, Christian leader Michel Aoun, as head of state. Parliament elected Aoun, an ally of the powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah, as president on Monday, ending a 29-month…