Lebanon has been without an effective government since Saad Hariri resigned as premier in October [Andres Martinez Casares/Reuters]

Lebanon has formed a new government, the presidency announced after Hezbollah and its allies clinched a deal on a cabinet that must tackle the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

Heavily indebted Lebanon has been without an effective government since Saad Hariri resigned as premier in October under pressure from protests against state corruption and waste – root causes of the crisis.

Prime Minister Hassan Diab, a 60-year-old professor at the American University of Beirut, now heads a Cabinet of 20 members, mostly specialists backed by political parties.

“I’ve been appointed in the face of many accusations. I wanted to work, not to argue. I

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