The crisis in Lebanon

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Since the end of 2019, people are protesting in Lebanon.
They are unhappy with their government.
Now, a new Prime Minister is in charge.
His name is Hassan Diab.
But still people feel that they have nothing to say.
And protests turned violent.

Economic Crisis

The old government proposed ideas to fight the economic crisis.
For example, a tax on WhatsApp messages.
And a cut of the salaries of the Members of Parliament and of Ministers.
The government said the banks will help to solve the economic problems.
But they cannot explain how the banks can help.
The government also tried to boost the economy with funds from international and Lebanese investors.
For example, they spent money on private partnerships or on roads and transport.
But the economic crisis continues.

Civil society

Lebanon has a lot of different non-governmental organizations.
They have different working fields.
But they all try to give people the opportunity to take part in society.
And to discuss about politics and the future of Lebanon.
The government has not yet included the people or their ideas in the political decision-making process.
The change of government was not enough for the protesters.
Because they see the new government as part of the old political system.
Also Lebanese who live abroad put more pressure on the Lebanese government.

International relations

Lebanon also has problems with neighbour countries in the Middle East region.
However, the French President Emmanuel Macron offered help to solve the Lebanon crisis.
Also international organisations want to help in Lebanon.

What to do next?

  • The government must include the civil society and the private sector.
  • The government has to form a dialogue platform.
  • There has to be a minimum response to the protestors’ demands.
  • International support, such as mediation, is important.
  • The national dialogues must include representatives of the public sector, the private sector and the civil society.