A series of decisions under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has led the Kingdom down a path of irrelevance.
Lebanon's outgoing premier Hassan Diab became one of the first politicians to be indicted along with three ex-ministers over the devastating August 4 blast that killed more than 200 people.
The Treasury designation did not mention Gebran Bassil's alliance or links to Hezbollah, but the sanctions targeting him appeared to be part of the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran and its allies in the region.
Saad Hariri’s return to office has been rejected by protesters who demand change and see him as a symbol of a political class they blame for the country’s woes.
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.
The policy of relying too much on debt to fund the budget has created problems for the young government of Prime Minister Hassan Diab.
Six months after popular protests erupted across the country, the pandemic is making a meal out of an already fragile situation.
Coronavirus means that Lebanon, which has seen months of fractious politics, is now having to adapt to a new way of doing politics.
The arrests of his cousin and uncle last week are the latest incidents to contribute towards Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s notorious reputation.
After months of protests that led to the resignation of the previous prime minister, his replacement Hassan Diab says he will deal with an ongoing currency crisis and promises economic reform.
Lebanon is facing an unprecedented economic and financial crisis that has led banks to impose informal capital controls to prevent capital flight and the currency to lose a third of its value.
As the country slides closer to economic collapse and people are unable to access their money, questions are being asked about how the currency was kept stable for so many years during economic stagnation.
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