What Happened: Lebanon's major political parties have named Mohammed Safadi, a minister with a number of portfolios over the last 15 years, as their candidate to replace Saad al-Hariri as prime minister, the Daily Star reported November 15.
In 2008, Mr Safadi served as minister of economy and trade in the government of prime minister Fouad Siniora and in a Hariri-led cabinet formed in 2009.
President Michel Aoun has said he will support the formation of a government including technocrats but he has not yet announced consultations over a new line-up and there was no official confirmation that Safadi had been designated.
Al-Joumhouria newspaper quoted "observers" who wondered if Safadi's nomination was a "trap" to upheat the revolution or a "solution" to meet the people's demands.
Protesters gathered in front of one of Mr Safadi's properties in the northern city of Tripoli to oppose his nomination, which they called a provocation and in conflict of protests.
From 2011 - 2014, he was finance minister in Najib Mikati's government.
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Lebanon's prime minister must be a Sunni Muslim according to the country's sectarian power-sharing system. Aoun has yet to set a date for parliamentary consultations to name a new premier.
Hariri's Future parliamentary bloc would accept Safadi but is also open to other options, said a prominent member, Hadi Hobeish. Safadi's wife, Violette, is a minister in Hariri's caretaker cabinet. "His nomination will fail before he even makes a government", one protester said on live TV, according to The Daily Star. Some shops have increased prices of imported goods in pounds.
The next government will face huge challenges.
Another protester said that as a business tycoon and former minister, Safadi was an embodiment of the kind of political class the protest movement wants to remove. Lebanon is confronting its most serious economic crisis in decades.
Yet political squabbling has stalled economic reform plans required to win back investor confidence and unlock some $11 billion in worldwide aid pledged at a donor conference previous year.