Lebanon News

Protesters block roads to reject Diab's designation

BEIRUT: Protesters frustrated with the nomination of Prime Minister-designate Hassan Diab blocked roads across the country shortly after the news was announced Thursday.

A number of men chanting in support of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri stood outside Diab's residence in Tallet El Khayat.

Diab was only given 6 out of a possible 27 votes from Sunni lawmakers during parliamentary consultations earlier Thursday.

"Diab does not represent the Sunni sect," one protester in Tallet El Khayat told local TV channel Al Jadeed. A separate protester called on Dar al-Fatwa, the country's highest Sunni authority, to speak out against Diab's nomination "because it ignores the opinion of Sunnis in the country."

Hariri called on his supporters to leave the streets and asked them not to block roads. Those protesting under Diab's residence withdrew shortly after.

Roads were blocked with burning tires in north Lebanon's Tripoli, the Bekaa and the southern port city of Sidon.

In Beirut, protesters blocked a main road in Qasqas.

 

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