A poster showing Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Al-Tariq Al-Jadidah, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Opinions were split across the country Friday after news of Lebanon's government formation. Some people expressed hope that the increased number of women in the new Cabinet could bring changes, while others remained skeptical. Some were not convinced that the new faces would affect the current political system.Nevertheless, the need for changes and a government to put them into effect was echoed across the country.In the Bekaa Valley, one resident described how the lack of government had stifled the local economy.Ahmad al-Jaafil, a men's hair stylist in Sidon, expressed hope that the new government would help ease some of the financial pressures he faced.Despite the increased number of women in Cabinet, the prevalence of familiar faces prevented some from being optimistic.Abbas Ridaa, a Lebanese-Iranian who returned to Lebanon after several years of living in northern Europe, said he didn't believe that a new government meant anything without a change in the political system.
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