One year since the death of over 200 people following a powerful explosion, life in Beirut and more generally in Lebanon continues with no sign of accountability or improvement.
Fellow, Middle East Policy Council
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Pressure on Lebanese leaders by international partners to form a government and to implement urgent reforms comes as the country’s economy continues its death spiral.
News of the failure of the latest talks between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, which took place on March 22, risks pushing Lebanon further into political and economic chaos.
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The economic and political outlook in Lebanon continues to worsen as government policies and assurances fall short of the demands of the people protesting in the streets as well as of the global financial markets.
The collapse of oil prices has increased the pressure on the regional economies, many of which were already reeling from domestic instability and the global health pandemic.