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Saad Hariri’s return as Lebanese prime minister raises hope, skepticism

Saad Hariri’s return as Lebanese prime minister raises hope, skepticism

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BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The return of veteran politician Saad Hariri as Lebanon's prime minister was met with mixed reactions as the country plunges deeper into economic crisis and despair grows among an exhausted population. Hariri resigned from the same post almost a year ago when protests broke out to denounce widespread corruption and demand the ouster of all political leaders. After his nomination to return on Thursday, Hariri pledged to quickly form a government of non-partisan specialists that would implement economic and financial reforms in line with those proposed by France. Advertisement He said his focus will be to stop the country's collapse and rebuild what was destroyed by the massive Aug. 4 explosion at the Beirut port. Critics argue Hariri's appointment protects...