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Lebanese lawmakers form new government, ending long uncertainty

By Yousuf Basil and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
updated 6:27 AM EST, Sat February 15, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A new government is announced, bringing to an end 10 months of uncertainty
  • Tammam Salam is named as the new head of government
  • The president formally accepts Najib Mikati's resignation as prime minister
  • Lebanon has witnessed increasing tensions in recent months

(CNN) -- A new Lebanese government was announced Saturday by Suhail Bawji, secretary general of Lebanon's Council of Ministers.

He announced the formation of the new Cabinet and named the new ministers in a televised news conference.

The new government brings months of political infighting to an end following Prime Minister Najib Mikati's resignation in March 2013.

Tammam Salam was named in a presidential decree as the head of the new government, the state news agency NNA reported.

Another presidential decree accepted Salam's suggested Cabinet and named the new ministers, while a third formally accepted Mikati's resignation.

There have been increased tensions in Lebanon in recent months, where sectarian divisions reflect those in neighboring war-torn Syria, and a number of explosions have rocked the capital.

Mikati urged the Lebanese people last month to overcome their differences and engage in dialogue or see the situation worsen.

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