Lebanon’s Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri announced on Thursday that he would be resigning from his position after repeatedly failing to form a government amid a devastating financial crisis.
Hariri met with Lebanese President Michel Aoun on Thursday and, following that meeting, told the press, “It is clear that we will not be able to agree with the president.”
The political situation in Lebanon has been chaotic for months, but this resignation could change all of that. Lebanon is in crisis, and there is no leadership to guide the country out of this situation and into stability.
While Lebanon has escaped much of the conflict that has gripped its neighbors, it is worth wondering how long that will last without effective leadership.
Agence France-Presse reported on Friday that “Lebanon faces soaring poverty rates, a plummeting currency, renewed street protests and shortages of basic items including medicine and fuel.”
The situation in Lebanon without Hariri at the head will be worth keeping an eye on. Hopefully, the country can avoid a full descent into war and anarchy like its neighbors.
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