UN chief calls for ‘inclusive government’ after Lebanon vote

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on Lebanon to form an “inclusive government” to address the country’s economic crisis, following elections held over the weekend, his office said on Monday.

Guterres “looks forward to the swift formation of an inclusive government that can finalize the deal with the International Monetary Fund and speed up the implementation of the necessary reforms to put Lebanon on the path to recovery,” his office said in a statement.

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The UN chief also urged the country’s new parliament to “urgently adopt all necessary legislation to stabilize the economy and improve governance.”

He stressed the need for “Lebanese political leaders to work together with the best interests of Lebanon and the Lebanese people in mind.”

Lebanon’s largest parliamentary bloc, led by the Iranian-backed Hezbollah armed movement, appears to have suffered a setback against the opposition and independents, according to partial results released on Monday.

Turnout was particularly low in Sunni-dominated areas inhabited mostly by Sunnis, one of the country’s main communities governed by a political system based on shared communal power.

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