Lebanese take to the streets to protest political stalemate

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks during a conference at Chatham House in central London on December 13, 2018. (File/AFP)
Updated 16 December 2018
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Lebanese take to the streets to protest political stalemate

  • Lebanon’s political factions are deeply divided over the war in neighboring Syria and other issues
  • Sunday’s protests in Beirut were organized by the Communist Party but drew others frustrated by the country’s deepening political and economic crisis

BEIRUT: Hundreds of Lebanese have taken to the streets to protest against a political stalemate that has prevented the formation of a new government seven months after elections.
Sunday’s protests in Beirut were organized by the Communist Party but drew others frustrated by the country’s deepening political and economic crisis.
Wearing red scarves and raising red flags, protesters complained about corruption, poor public services and spiraling public debt that is more than 150 percent of GDP.
One banner reads: “Off to the streets: enough talk. ” Protester Osama Assad said failure to form the government only “doubles the risks.” Hanna Gharib, of the Communist Party, said the protests would escalate.
Lebanon’s political factions are deeply divided over the war in neighboring Syria and other issues.


Iran is not pursuing war: Revolutionary Guards chief

Updated 19 May 2019
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Iran is not pursuing war: Revolutionary Guards chief

  • “The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it,” the general said

GENEVA: Iran is not pursuing war, the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday, according to the Fars news agency.
“The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it,” Major General Hossein Salami said.