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Lebanon’s prime minister resigns amid economic crisis

FILE – In this Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, file photo, then-Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib spoke to journalists at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

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UPDATED 11:05 AM PT – Sunday, September 27, 2020

Lebanon’s interim prime minister has resigned amid problems in forming a nonpartisan cabinet to lead the country. Mustapha Adib stepped down on Saturday after being tapped as the head of government less than a month ago.

Meanwhile, Lebanon has been experiencing a crippling economic crisis worse than the post-civil war crisis in the 1990s.

French President Emmanuel Macron launched an initiative to help the Middle Eastern country in early August. Since then, Lebanese officials have been scrambling to deal with the aftermath of a deadly bomb blast.

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a press conference on the situation in Lebanon, Sunday, Sept.27, 2020 in Paris. (AP Photo/Lewis Joly, Pool)

“I also sincerely apologize to the Lebanese people, who suffered and are still suffering, and hope we both understand each other,” stated Adib. “I assure that this initiative must continue because it shows good will from France and President Macron, personally, to support Lebanon.”

International organizations have urged political factions with deep ties to their Muslim and Christian populations to come together in order to dig the country out of the crisis.

READ MORE: Explainer: Lebanon’s Financial Meltdown And How It Happened

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