| 29 May 2024, Wednesday |

Lebanon braces for protest as political deadlock bites

In light of the Lebanese authorities’ failure to address social and economic challenges, protesters will be heading again to the streets with the aim of compelling them to form a government not affiliated with the political parties of the incumbent ruling class and in order to find an alternative to the current regime, local groups said on Thursday.

People will be marching tomorrow, March 12, at 4 p.m. from the headquarters of the ministry of interior to the parliament. They will stop at the central bank (Banque du Liban), the association of banks and the ministry of economy.

Lebanon’s financial crisis, which erupted in 2019, has wiped out jobs, locked people out of their bank deposits and raised the risk of widespread hunger.

The crisis was compounded after a large explosion, caused by improperly stored ammonium nitrate, occurred at the Port of Beirut, prompting Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government to step down. However, it has stayed on in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet is formed.

But prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri is at loggerheads with President Michel Aoun and has been unable to form a new government to carry out much needed reforms to unlock international aid since his nomination in October.