Saad Hariri returns as Lebanon PM a year after resigning

New leader faces task of securing international support and averting country’s collapse

A year after resigning, Saad Hariri has again been named as Lebanon’s prime minister and tasked with forming a government that could win critically needed international support and help stem the country’s catastrophic collapse.

The appointment of Hariri on Thursday follows the most tumultuous 12 months in Lebanon’s post-civil war history, in which an ongoing economic disintegration and a financial crisis have impoverished much of the country and led to street violence and fears of widespread unrest.

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