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Will the Beirut Disaster Finally Yield Political Change in Lebanon?

Emily Hawthorne
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Ryan Bohl
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Aug 10, 2020 | 16:57 GMT
A man looks from the balcony of a building, damaged by the port explosion a day earlier, in Beirut, Lebanon on Aug. 5, 2020.

A man looks from the balcony of a building, damaged by the port explosion a day earlier, in Beirut, Lebanon on Aug. 5, 2020.

(Photo by Marwan Tahtah/Getty Images)

The rising tide of popular anger over the Beirut explosion, along with the subsequent resignation of Prime Minister Hassan Diab’s government, could yield piecemeal economic and political reforms by reinvigorating demands for real change in Lebanon’s entrenched political system, which has long benefited wealthy sectarian stakeholders while failing to address the country's deteriorating economy. ...

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