Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Deryan (R) greets Samir Khatib, a Lebanese businessman who is the front-runner to form a new Lebanese government, at Dar el-Fatwa in the capital Beirut on December 8, 2019. - Consultations to form a new Lebanese government will formally begin on December 9, the presidency announced, more than a month after a wave of protests led the prime minister, Saad Hariri, to resign.
Protesters demand the wholesale removal of the current political class and have insisted on a government dominated by technocrats.
Khatib, who is less widely known than most former prime ministers and has no experience in politics. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO / AFP) (Photo by ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images)