Lebanese PM says only way out of crisis is holding early elections - statement

Diab says he is not to blame for the country's deep economic and political woes

  
Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab, wearing a mask, arrives to attend a meeting with Lebanese political leaders to present the plan aimed at steering the country out of a financial crisis, at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon May 6, 2020.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Hassan Diab, wearing a mask, arrives to attend a meeting with Lebanese political leaders to present the plan aimed at steering the country out of a financial crisis, at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon May 6, 2020.

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BEIRUT: Lebanese Prime Minister Hassan Diab said on Saturday he would request early parliamentary elections to defuse an escalating political crisis following the catastrophic explosion at the port of Beirut.

"We cannot get out of this crisis without early parliamentary elections," he said, reading a statement. He added he was not to blame for the country's deep economic and political woes.

(Reporting by Suleiman Al-Khalidi Editing by Frances Kerry) ((suleiman.al-khalidi@thomsonreuters.com; +96279-5521407;))

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