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Lebanese President Leaves Office with No Successor Amid Mounting Economic Crisis

HeadlineOct 31, 2022

Lebanon’s political crisis deepened this weekend after Michel Aoun vacated the presidential palace Sunday with no successor in place and a crumbling economy. Lebanon is now ruled by a caretaker cabinet and prime minister-designate, who has failed to form a government over the past six months. This comes as the country has been reeling from the deadly 2020 blast at the Beirut port and 2019’s financial meltdown, which pushed over 80% of the population into poverty and prompted mass anti-government protests.

As one of his final acts as president, Michel Aoun signed on Thursday a U.S.-brokered maritime border deal with Israel.

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