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Lebanese banks face threats, Hariri said to want neutral government

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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.

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.

8th November 2019


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