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Lebanese President Names Billionaire Mikati to Form Cabinet

  • Beirut is scrambling to form a government as crisis deepens
  • Saad Hariri quit premier post after spat with the president
Michel Aoun, left, meets with Najib Mikati at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, on July 26.
Michel Aoun, left, meets with Najib Mikati at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, on July 26.Photographer: Dalati Nohra/AP Photo
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Lebanon’s president tasked Najib Mikati, a billionaire businessman and former premier, with forming a new government, the third attempt in less than a year as the country scrambles to escape a spiraling economic crisis.