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Tammam Salam named new Lebanese PM

English.news.cn   2013-04-06 19:10:31            

BEIRUT, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Tammam Salam, a former culture minister, is named Lebanon's new prime minister on Saturday after a two-day parliamentary consultation.

Salam won almost unanimous support to head a new government, as LBCI television reported that he garnered 124 votes from 128 lawmakers to assume the position.

The official naming was announced by the presidential office after the consultation that President Michel Suleiman held at the Baabda Palace ended Saturday noon.

Salam's predecessor Najib Miqati offered his cabinet's resignation on March 22 following the failure to reach an agreement over extending the mandate of Internal Security Forces Director General Ashraf Rifi and the formation of the Elections Overseeing Committee.

Lebanon's opposition March 14 forces said Thursday they had elected Salam as their nominee for premiership.

Salam, considered a centrist figure, was elected to the parliament twice in 1996 and 2009. He served as the culture minister from 2008 to 2009.

Salam's father was a former prime minister and leader of the Sunni sect in Lebanon for decades.

Editor: Wang Yuanyuan
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