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A protester holds a national flag in front of Lebanese army soldiers during a protest An anti-government protester holds a national flag in front of Lebanese army soldiers during a protest in Zalka, Lebanon, Oct. 5, 2020 (AP photo by Hussein Malla).

With Little Hope for Reform, Lebanon Continues Down the Road to Ruin

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020

BEIRUT—With yet another failed attempt to form a government and no replacement in sight, Lebanon’s future is looking a lot like its bleak past.

The prime minister-designate, Mustapha Adib, resigned in late September after nearly a month of fruitless talks to create a Cabinet of technocrats. French President Emmanuel Macron had publicly backed that process, which came on the heels of Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s resignation following the Aug. 4 port explosion that devastated parts of Beirut.* Nonetheless, Lebanon’s politicians are still mired in a dispute over control of the powerful Finance Ministry, as the economy collapses and the social fabric frays. If even the destruction of its capital city does not lead to palpable change, can the country be saved? ...

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