BEIRUT (AFP) - Tamam Salam of the Western-backed opposition was named Lebanon’s new PM and tasked with forming a government, said the presidency. “President Michel Sleiman has tasked Tamam Salam with forming a new government,” the president’s office said in a statement. Salam comes from a family with a long legacy in politics and is a moderate member of the Western-backed opposition. A Sunni Muslim - as tradition dictates for Lebanon’s prime ministers - the new premier is a son of Saib Salam - who himself held the job six times between 1952 and 1973 - and a woman hailing from Damascus. Known for his calm temperament and distinctive baldness, Salam , 67, was first elected a Beirut MP in 1996.