Nearly 20 people wounded in clashes between protesters and security forces as economic crisis worsens with pound traded at 17,300-17,500 to US dollar on black market – a record low.
Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Hassan Diab pressures politicians to form a new government, saying the country is confronting enormous challenges that no government can face.
Protests against the country's Covid-19 lockdown have been taking place regularly for almost a week. The clashes with authorities have killed one person and injured hundreds of others.
There is little energy left as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads, unemployment rises and the capital city reels from a huge explosion in August that left thousands homeless.
Soldiers fired rubber bullets and live rounds in the air to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to march to the presidential palace during an anti-government demonstration.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab accuses rivals of mounting a "coup" against his government as currency crisis deepens.
Lebanon is in the grip of its worst economic turmoil in decades and holding talks with the International Monetary Fund to secure billions in aid.
The policy of relying too much on debt to fund the budget has created problems for the young government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
The initial rallies last year were sparked by a raft of new taxes, and quickly morphed into a street movement calling for a full overhaul of the political class.
The central bank proposed Lebanese holders of Eurobonds due in 2020 swap their holdings for longer-dated notes, a move that could ease pressure on dwindling foreign currency reserves amid a deep financial crisis.
The halt in protests was also partly due to the holidays followed by soaring regional tensions between the US and Iran that eclipsed the protesters in Lebanon and Iraq demanding sweeping political change.
As sectarian political networks have been maneuvering to undermine anti-sectarian demonstrations, the country's political elite is likely to remain a dominant force.
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