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Can a New Government Halt Lebanon’s Free Fall?

MIN READSep 14, 2021 | 18:04 GMT

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati leaves a mosque in Beirut on Sept. 10, 2021.

Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati leaves a mosque in Beirut on Sept. 10, 2021.

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The new Lebanese government could ease the country’s crises by enacting basic economic reforms. But political infighting within the sectarian Cabinet will once again impede Beirut’s ability to secure the country’s fast-deteriorating economy and social stability. Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati announced a new government on Sept. 10 after 13 long months without a government and numerous failed attempts at forming one. The 24-member Cabinet is made of a mix of political insiders and technocrats, including several fresh faces. However, in terms of parties and sects represented, the Cabinet still generally resembles those of both former Prime Minister Hassan Diab and his predecessor Saad Hariri, which suggests Mikati’s new government will face similar challenges in implementing the sweeping reforms needed to ease Lebanon’s myriad of crises. ...

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