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AUB professor Hassan Diab emerges as favorite for PM designation

Hassan Diab.

BEIRUT: AUB professor Hassan Diab has emerged as the favorite to be nominated as the next prime minister, a senior political source said Wednesday night.

Diab's name was proposed and agreed between officials of Hezbollah, Amal Movement and the Free Patriotic Movement. He is set to be designated after President Michel Aoun holds long delayed binding parliamentary consultations Thursday with more than 60 votes, the source said.

Commenting on reports that Diab would be nominated, caretaker Interior Minister Raya El Hassan told LBCI, "If he gets a majority of the votes [good for him]."

In October 2006, he was appointed as Vice President for Regional External Programs (REP) at AUB. Diab was also Lebanon’s education minister from June 2011 to February 2014 in Najib Mikati’s government.





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