New Cab­i­net faces catas­tro­phe, says Le­banon Prime Min­is­ter

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Beirut, Le­banon - Le­banon faces a ‘catas­tro­phe’, Prime Min­is­ter Has­san Diab said on Wed­nes­day af­ter his newly un­veiled Cab­i­net held its first meet­ing to tackle the twin chal­lenges of a tena­cious protest move­ment and a nose­div­ing econ­omy.

Has­san Diab, who re­placed Saad Hariri as prime min­is­ter, vowed to meet the de­mands from the street but demon­stra­tors were un­con­vinced and scuf­fled with po­lice overnight.

The 61 year old aca­demic, was thrown in at the deep end for his first ex­pe­ri­ence on the po­lit­i­cal big stage and ad­mit­ted that the sit­u­a­tion he in­her­ited was des­per­ate.

“To­day we are in a fi­nan­cial, eco­nomic and so­cial dead end,” he said in re­marks read by a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial af­ter the new Cab­i­net’s first meet­ing. “We are fac­ing a catas­tro­phe,” he said.

‘Gov­ern­ment of last re­sort’, was the head­line on the front page of Al-Akhbar news­pa­per close to the Hezbol­lah.

(AFP)

L-R: Min­is­ters Lamia Doueihy, Manal Ab­del Sa­mad, Ghada Shreim, Var­tine Oha­nian and Marie Claude Najm ar­rive for the in­au­gu­ral Cab­i­net meet­ing at the pres­i­den­tial palace in Baabda on Wed­nes­day

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