Lebanon on brink of collapse, warns top lawmaker

Cairo: Failure to institute a new government in Lebanon pushes the country to the brink of collapse, warned speaker of Lebanese parliament Nabih Berri.

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Lebanon is experiencing its worst financial crisis since the 1975-90 civil war, compounded by the global coronavirus pandemic.

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Last October, ex-premier Rafik Al Hariri was designated to form a government. But he has since failed to cobble together a cabinet amid a public row with President Michel Aoun.

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“Lebanon is threatened with collapse if the situation remains as it without a government,” Berri said.

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“We cannot reach the shore of safety without an executive authority to shoulder its responsibilities in preventing Lebanon’s fall,” he added in remarks carried by Lebanese media.

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He said that whole Lebanon is in “extreme danger” without a new government. “The situation dictates that all political factions to pay attention.”

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Last August, Lebanon saw a deadly explosion at the Beirut port that also devastated large parts of the city and fuelled public outrage against the country’s ruling class.

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In the aftermath, the government resigned, but has continued to act in a caretaker capacity amid increasing financial problems.

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