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Lebanon names UK-educated lawmaker prime minister

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Lebanese Prime Minister designate Tammam Salam gestures upon his arrival to the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut Saturday, April 6. Following two days of consultations, President Michel Suleiman asked legislator and former Minister of Culture Salam to form the new cabinet after 124 of the 128-member parliament chose him for the job.

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A British-educated lawmaker from a prominent political family was named Lebanon's new prime minister Saturday, and vowed to work toward ending divisions in the nation and preventing the civil war in neighboring Syria from spilling over into the country. Tammam Salam, a 68-year-old lawmaker and a former culture minister, was asked by President Michel Suleiman to head a new government.
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