Lebanon's prime minister-designate steps down after failing to form cabinet

Lebanon's prime minister-designate quit on Saturday after almost a month of efforts to line up a non-partisan cabinet despite French pressure on the country's sectarian leaders to rally together to haul the nation out of a deep crisis.

Mustapha Adib said he was stepping down from "the task of forming the government" following a meeting with President Michel Aoun, after his efforts ran into trouble, particularly over who would run the finance ministry.
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