BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese bank staff are facing abuse from customers angered by restrictions on access to their cash, the employees’ union said on Friday, reflecting intensifying pressures in an economy gripped by its deepest crisis since the 1975-90 civil war.
FILE PHOTO: Students carry national flags during ongoing anti-government protests near the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in Beirut, Lebanon November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares/File Photo
With Lebanon paralyzed by political and economic turmoil, its politicians have yet to make progress toward agreeing a new government to replace one that was toppled by an unprecedented wave of protests against the sectarian ruling elite.
Saad al-Hariri, who quit as prime minister last week, is determined the next government should be devoid of political parties because such a cabinet will not be able to secure Western assistance, a source familiar with his view said.
He is still seeking to convince the powerful, Iran-backed Shi’ite group Hezbollah and its ally the Amal Movement of the need for such a technocratic government, the source said. Hariri’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.
Leading Christian politician Samir Geagea warned of great unrest if supplies of basic goods run short and said Lebanon’s financial situation was “very, very delicate”.
One of the world’s most heavily indebted states, Lebanon was already in deep economic trouble before protests erupted on Oct….