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Lebanon going 'to hell' if government not formed: president

Lebanese President Michel Aoun delivers televised address to the public on eve of Lebanon's centenary at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon in this undated handout released on August 30, 2020. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Monday that the country was going “to hell” if a government was not formed, as French efforts to encourage the formation of a new cabinet falter.

Asked where Lebanon was headed if there was no agreement among its fractious leaders, he responded: “Of course - to hell.”

Asked whether his televised address meant there was no hope for a breakthrough, Aoun told reporters: “No, there might be a miracle.”

Reporting by Ellen Francis; Editing by Kevin Liffey