Lebanon’s Prime Minister Designate Resigns; Coronavirus On the Rise

Mustapha Adib, Lebanon’s prime minister designate, has stepped down after failing to form a government. It is yet another blow to a nation racked by economic and political crises and risks losing French aid. France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, had made aid conditional on reforms. Reform is impossible, however, because Iran and the United States are at loggerheads. The United States seeks to cripple Iran’s economy through sanctions, while Iran insisted that its allies in Lebanon control the country’s finance ministry. Reported by The Guardian. Read more… Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Additionally, coronavirus cases are skyrocketing in Lebanon. The government is now considering lockdown measures to attempt to blunt the spread of the disease. A lockdown will likely further increase Lebanon’s economic woes. Reported by CNN. Read more…