İrem UZUN -TDO- Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday tasked former Education Minister Hassan Diab with forming the country's next government after Hezbollah and its allies nominated him during long-awaited talks with members of parliament. Lebanon has had a caretaker government since October 29, when Prime Minister Saad Hariri resigned amid a mass uprising against the ruling elite. Negotiations on a replacement stalled over the make-up of the new government, with some parties backing the protesters' demand for an independent cabinet of unaffiliated technocrats.
Mr. Diab was nominated by the biggest Shia Muslim factions, Hezbollah and Amal, as well as Mr. Aoun's Maronite Christian Free Patriotic Movement (FPM). Together the groups control a majority of the seats in the 128-member parliament.Mr. Diabhas a PhD in computer engineering from the University of Bath in the UK and has taught the subject at the American University of Beirut since 1985. He served as education minister between 2011 and 2014, under then-Prime Minister Najib Mikati. He was the first Lebanese education minister to have a professional background in higher education.