Earlier in the day, a source said that the political elite was negotiating over appointing Tabbara as interim Prime Minister. The source noted that the decision would be made within 24 hours. The news came after acting Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that he was withdrawing his candidacy for the post of the head of the new cabinet.
Hariri filed his resignation on 29 October amid nationwide anti-government rallies. Protests against increasing living costs, new taxes and fees have continued.
Tabbara, born in 1929, has served in several cabinets in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a Justice Minister and a Minister of Economy and Trade.