Thousands protest against new PM, close roads in Lebanon

  • Protesters take pictures with their mobile phones of a defaced poster of newly-nominated Lebanese Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, and a list of what the protesters call the premier’s achievements when he was minister of higher education, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

  • Protesters chant slogans during ongoing protests against the Lebanese political class, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. Lebanon’s new prime minister held consultations Saturday with parliamentary blocs in which they discussed the shape of the future government. The next administration will have to steer the country out of its worst economic and financial crisis in decades. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT — Thousands of protesters demonstrated in central Beirut and elsewhere in Lebanon on Sunday against the country’s new prime minister, saying he should abandon the post because he is a member of the ruling elite.