BLANK NEWS­PA­PER, BLANK GOV­ERN­MENT

Pretoria News - - World - | Reuters

BEIRUT: Le­banese news­pa­per an-Na­har pub­lished a blank edi­tion yes­ter­day to protest against a “cat­a­strophic sit­u­a­tion” in Lebanon, which five months af­ter an elec­tion still has no new gov­ern­ment.

Lebanon held a par­lia­men­tary elec­tion on May 6, its first since 2009, but its po­lit­i­cal par­ties have been un­able to agree on form­ing a new power-shar­ing gov­ern­ment as they jos­tle over the dis­tri­bu­tion of min­istries. Po­lit­i­cal paral­y­sis and crises have char­ac­terised much of the past decade. The econ­omy faces a loom­ing cri­sis, with gov­ern­ment debt among the high­est in the world.

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