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The new Lebanese government will be able to obtain financial aid from international donors if it implements real reforms in the country, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The test for the new Lebanese government will be its actions and ability to respond to the demands of the Lebanese people with regard to the reforms implementation and the fight against corruption, he said adding that only a government that is capable and committed to real and concrete reforms will restore investor confidence and allow Lebanon to receive international aid.

Lebanon has announced Tuesday the creation of a government of 20 technocratic ministers representing the Christian and Muslim communities of the country.

PM Hassan Diab said in a statement that the government he created meets the aspirations of the protesting masses. At least six represent the protest movement among the ministers, he said.

Parliament's speaker Nabih Berri said on Wednesday MPs would consider passing a vote of confidence in the new government after approving a draft state budget for fiscal year 2020 at the end of January.

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