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UPDATE 3-Lebanese PM-designate to hold more talks in faltering bid to appoint cabinet

LEBANON-CRISIS/GOVERNMENT (UPDATE 3, PIX):UPDATE 3-Lebanese PM-designate to hold more talks in faltering bid to appoint cabinet

15 deadline for naming government already missed * Adib says Lebanon does not have "luxury of time" * Crisis is worst since end of Lebanon's civil war (Adds comments by Iranian official, details) BEIRUT, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Mustapha Adib said on Thursday he would give more time for talks on forming a new government, after faltering efforts so far have raised doubts about prospects for a French push to lift the country out of crisis."I know full well that we do not have the luxury of time.And we count on everyone's cooperation," he said, as the prime minister-designate has tried to compress into about two weeks a process that usually takes months of factional haggling.At the heart of the dispute is a demand by Lebanon's main Shi'ite Muslim factions, Iran-backed Hezbollah and the Amal Movement, that they name Shi'ite ministers, including the finance minister, a vital post as reforms are drawn up.

Reuters p * France has been leaning on Lebanon for form cabinet * Sept.France has been leaning on Lebanon's sectarian politicians to name a cabinet swiftly and embark on reforms to exit an economic crisis that is its worst since the 1975-1990 civil war.

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