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.
Members of the European Union parliament are starting to get a whiff that EU waste management schemes in Lebanon are bogus, and the former EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is in the firing line.
Debt-ridden and protest-hit Arab country faces economic "catastrophe", Prime Minister Hassan Diab says, as his newly unveiled cabinet meets for the first time.
Lebanon formed a new government after the Shia Hezbollah movement and its allies agreed on a cabinet that must urgently tackle the 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.
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