New Cabinet faces catastrophe, says Lebanon Prime Minister
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.
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