Lebanon's long-awaited parliamentary election was held yesterday after several postponements. Political instability and the turbulent economic situation have caused dissatisfaction among the Lebanese. Accordingly, the latest election was doubly important. We talked with Masoud Edrisi, Iran’s former ambassador to Lebanon, to get his thoughts on the crucial vote.
The secretary-general of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement warned of a slide towards violence in a country grappling with a major economic crisis after at least six people, including a child, died as a boat carrying dozens of migrants sank in the eastern Mediterranean.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said it has reached a draft funding agreement with Lebanon – but that Beirut must enact a batch of economic reforms first before its board decides whether to approve the deal.
Powerful Lebanese groups Hezbollah and Amal said they would end a boycott of cabinet sessions, opening the way for ministers to meet after a three-month gap that has seen the economic crisis deepen and currency collapse further.
Former Lebanese information minister George Kordahi, who resigned under pressure from Saudi Arabia, stresses that he will not retract his statement denouncing the years-long Saudi-led aggression against impoverished Yemen.