BLANK NEWSPAPER, BLANK GOVERNMENT
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.