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
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.