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Former PM Najib Mikati named Lebanon's prime minister-designate

President Michel Aoun designated Mikati after the wealthy businessman secured the backing of a majority of lawmakers.
French Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius (R) meets Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on November 26, 2013.

Lebanon’s president has appointed Najib Mikati as the country’s new prime minister-designate after the billionaire businessman won the approval of a majority of lawmakers.

The two-time prime minister secured 72 of 118 votes following consultations between members of parliament and Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the Baabda Palace on Monday.

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