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Crisis-Hit Lebanon Faces Power Vacuum Without President

Already mired in political and economic crises, Lebanon is now also without a president after Michael Aoun’s mandate expired without a successor, IgbereTV reports 

Aoun’s six-year term, that came to a close on Sunday, was marred by mass protests, a painful economic downturn and the August 2020 mega-explosion of ammonium nitrate that killed hundreds and laid waste to swathes of the capital Beirut.

 

Today, headed by a caretaker government, Lebanon is unable to enact the reforms needed to access billions of dollars from international lenders to help save an economy in free-fall since late 2019.

In Lebanon, power is divided among the country’s main sects — none of whom hold a clear majority

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