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Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati arrives at a Cabinet meeting. Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati arrives at a Cabinet meeting at the presidential palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Sept. 13, 2021 (AP photo by Bilal Hussein).

A New Government Gives Lebanon a Reprieve

Monday, Sept. 13, 2021

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The long-suffering people of Lebanon might finally have some good news on the horizon. A new government finally has been formed and, critically, the International Monetary Fund will replenish Lebanon’s nearly empty foreign reserves on Thursday, depositing $1.13 billion in IMF Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, in Lebanon’s Central Bank. Unfortunately, chances are slim for a wholesale reform of the kleptocracy that has driven the country into economic collapse and political paralysis. ...

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