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Parliament speaker demands Lebanon form government

i24NEWS

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A protester stands with a Lebanese flag during clashes with security forces near Lebanon's parliament headquarters in the center of the capital Beirut, August 4, 2021.
AFPA protester stands with a Lebanese flag during clashes with security forces near Lebanon's parliament headquarters in the center of the capital Beirut, August 4, 2021.

Financial, political quagmire shows no signs of abating as Lebanese people continue to suffer

Addressing his politician colleagues via television on Tuesday, Lebanon's parliament speaker Nabih Berri stressed the necessity to form a government within the week to avoid total collapse of the country. 

The government resigned over a year ago after facing pressure from constituents on the 2020 Beirut explosion. The blast turned public anger on politicians after it was revealed that compounds which sparked the explosion were housed in unsafe conditions for years.

In his announcement, Berri underscored that refusal to compose a government would lead Lebanon into a severe economic disaster, one which could destroy the country. He spoke out against political infighting, claiming efforts to reinstate a government are being hindered by attempts to block minorities.

Berri is not the first to call for a formation of Lebanon's government. Last week, prime minister-designate Najib Mikati attempted the same, acknowledging large challenges loom ever closer.

The country continues to sink deeper into continued crisis, suffering cataclysmic financial difficulties, security incidents, and instability, while under the guidance of a caretaker administration, and the absence of an official government.

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