The French president's effort to help Lebanon is admirable, but he remains tone-deaf and out of touch with most Lebanese.
Saad al Hariri’s resignation as prime minister has left Lebanon without a government for nearly three months, in a time the country has been trying to recover from a deep economic crisis.
The French President once saved Lebanon’s prime minister from the humiliation of his so-called Saudi captors. But can he now keep Lebanon from falling on its sword? A conference in Paris is a start.
The former leader stood down in the face of mass protests but his name is once again in the line up to take up the prime minister’s office.
Amid Saudi offers of economic help and Iran’s military support, it might be harder than ever for Lebanon to insulate itself from regional conflict.
Lebanon faces several economic and governance challenges leading it towards a destabilising currency crisis. Its leaders seem to be in no position to avert a crisis.
Lebanon's political structures have resulted in a free market for corruption and lack of accountability in governing parties. Could this be about to change?
Media in the US and Israel is awash with stories about a possible war with Hezbollah. Yet talk of war is more about an American dream in the newsroom, rather than a precursor to an actual war.
Lebanon plunged into crisis on November 4 when Saad Hariri resigned as prime minister while in Saudi Arabia, criticising Saudi rival Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah. Hariri has since withdrawn his resignation.
In a Twitter announcement, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said he is fine and would return from Saudi Arabia in the next two days.
The resignation of Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has paved the way for renewed conflict across the region. Lebanon has often served as a microcosm of the Middle East, and has been used as a proxy by other governments.
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